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Lebanon at risk of complete collapse after blast, French minister warns

A place towing a banner advertisement. Pilots who fly advertising aircraft are asking President Macron for help as they face seeing their profession banned in France Planes participating in the protest are towing banners one of which read “Mr Macron help us.”
Bennie Garza | 31 August, 2020, 00:31

An official in the French presidency said that Macron's second visit to Beirut aims "to pressure Lebanon's political leaders to move forward in forming a government that can implement urgent reforms - a government capable of gaining the confidence of the global community".

Lebanon is in such a deep political and economic crisis that the country risks collapsing altogether, France's foreign minister has said. The person who gets the largest backing from parliamentary blocs and members will be asked by Aoun to form a new Cabinet.

French Foreign Affair Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon July 23, 2020. He will offer French support after the devastating August 4 port explosion but also ensure that millions in worldwide aid go to those who need it.

He added that the Lebanese authorities' responsibility is to set up a mission government to ensure that all the necessary reforms, including that of the public market and the bank, are implemented.

Beirut port, destroyed by the explosions of 4 August, has resumed functioning at full capacity, "100%" and "on a regular basis" declared Director General Bassem el-Kaissi, after a meeting with French soldiers who are helping the Lebanese army to clear the port of rubble and to rebuild some infrastructure. He called on them to create a "new political order".

Aoun objected to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's proposal to nominate Hariri to head the next government, and Hezbollah objected to nominating Nawaf Salam, a judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and Mohammed Baasiri, who was vice-governor of the Banque du Liban and the secretary of the Special Investigation Commission fighting money laundering.

Lebanon has been without a fully functioning government since Prime Minister Hassan Diab submitted his resignation earlier this month following the deadly Beirut blast which killed over 200 people and wounded more than 6,000.

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