Analysis: Lebanon frozen by political intransigence as it hurtles towards collapse

By Samia Nakhoul and Maha El Dahan BEIRUT (Reuters) – Just 18 months have passed since mass protests against Lebanon’s political class brought down one government, and nearly eight more months since a huge explosion destroyed the port of Beirut and toppled its successor. Since then the currency has lost 90 per cent of its value, inflation has driven more than half the population below the poverty line, the country has defaulted on its debts, and banks have all but cut clients off from their dollar deposits. Scenes of shoppers brawling over scarce goods, protesters burning tyres to block roads,…

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