Lebanon crisis: How did the political instability begin? ‘Lebanon may become ‘next Syria’

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Mr Angelini said the country’s system of governance was at the root of its ongoing political instability.

He told Express.co.uk: “When Lebanon gained independence in 1943, it formed a unique system of government that, at the time, was seen as revolutionary.

“In an effort to give equal representation to the factions of Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Shiite Muslims, Lebanon’s government was split into three equal branches controlled by said religious groups.

“This system of government was always doomed for failure. Lebanon has been plagued by political instability since its formation.

“Civil war decimated the country’s infrastructure from 1975 to 1990, and it has never fully recovered.

“Looking at recent developments, the political instability as we see it today is primarily rooted in the protest response to the 2020 explosion in Beirut.

“The cause of the blast, although still officially “under investigation,” is rumoured to have been port mismanagement and government corruption.

“After the explosion, the Prime Minister of Lebanon and his entire cabinet resigned, having yet to be replaced.

“Lebanon has been operating without a complete government for the past year. This is partially what led to the mass unrest and economic turmoil.”

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