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Lebanese daily prints blank edition to protest government deadlock

Europe
11.10.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Cairo (dpa) - A leading Lebanese daily newspaper printed a blank issue on Thursday to protest the failure of the country‘s rival political factions to agree on forming a new government five months after the legislative vote was held.

Thursday‘s edition of An-Nahar newspaper hit news stands with its eight pages blank. Editor-in-Chief Nayla Tueni said the move was an "expression of deep moral responsibility" towards what she called the "catastrophic situation" in the country.

"We have been waiting for the birth of the government for five months now, only to find it is a game of quota splitting," Tueni said at a press conference in Beirut, according to the An-Nahar website.

"Only God knows how much longer we should wait until the white day comes," she added, referring to the long-awaited announcement of the new cabinet. 

The An-Nahar site carried a photo showing Tueni displaying an issue of the newspaper with a headline on a blank front page reading: "A white Nahar in the face of darkness."

In May, Lebanon staged its first parliamentary polls since 2009 after they had been delayed three times due to the war in neighbouring Syria and disagreements over a new electoral law, which was finally approved last year.

Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri said this week he hopes he will be able to form the government in the next few days.

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrians displaced by more than seven years of war in their homeland. The refugee influx has exhausted Lebanon‘s limited resources.

Lebanon is also seen as an arena for Iranian-Saudi rivalry.

 

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