“Lebanon deserves better”: that’s one of the main messages coming out of Beirut after Tuesday’s devastating port explosion.
The blast killed at least 138 people and destroyed much of the city centre.
Many are blaming decades of government corruption and mismanagement.
Lebanon was already in an economic and political crisis before the disaster.
So can the country rise from the destruction?
Presenter: Imran Khan
Alia Moubayed – Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa, Jefferies Investment Bank
Rana Khoury – Political Activistt
Karim Makdisi – Founding Director, Public Policy & International Affairs Program, American University of Beirut
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In This Story: Beirut
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been conducted, but 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.