Will the Beirut explosion lead to political change in Lebanon? | Inside Story

“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

Guests:

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: Lebanon

Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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