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Lebanon engulfed by protests

October 25, 2019 - Lebanon’s anti-government revolt – the largest since its independence – has moved from fury over the economy and corruption to demands for a new political system.

The unprecedented mass protests come amid a deepening economic crisis in Lebanon. They have united Lebanese against the country’s sectarian-based leaders, who have ruled since the end of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war.

Lebanon is one of the world’s most indebted nations, with public debt over 150 percent of the gross domestic product. The protesters accuse the politicians of amassing wealth even as the country gets poorer.

PUBLISHED:25/10/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images
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