Lebanon ex-premier Hariri blames political rivals for crisis

  • Saturday 15, February 2020 09:11 AM
  • Lebanon ex-premier Hariri blames political rivals for crisis
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Lebanon's ex-Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in his first major address as an opposition figure after the formation of a new cabinet, charged his rivals with pushing the country to near-collapse and cast doubt on their ability to win foreign support.
The speech by Hariri, laid bare growing political divisions that could complicate Beirut's push to enact painful reforms and recover from the worst economic crisis since its 1975-1990 war.

A cabinet formed last month by the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies, the first since Hariri resigned in October in the face of protests, must contend with a severe liquidity crunch and fast-approaching debt payments, with a $1.2 billion Eurobond due on March 9.