Beirut (GPA) – Protests have rocket not only Beirut but much of Lebanon since mid-October. But what’s is behind the calls pushing Lebanon’s power-sharing government to resign? Who benefits from a complete restructuring of Lebanon’s political system?
Geopolitics Alert editor in chief, Randi Nord, appeared on this episode of Press TV’s Underreported to discuss the situation.
Of course, Lebanese have genuine grievances worth taking to the streets. Geopolitics Alert editor in chief, Randi Nord, spent the majority of the past year living in a working-class area of Beirut and listening to what citizens had to say. The cost of living is outrageous compared to wages and career opportunities are slim. Corruption is rampant, public services need attention, and the economy is on the brink of collapse.
However, it’s no coincidence that Saudi Arabia and its allies support Lebanese calls for a complete restructuring of the government. Western-backed parties lost several seats to pro-resistance parties in Lebanon’s 2018 election.
Just days before the protests began, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had attended an economic conference in the United Arab Emirates where Emirati officials pledged massive investments for Lebanon. Abu Dhabi said it was carefully considering this decision “in light of recent events.” What does this mean for Lebanon and Emirati involvement?