Lebanese Leaders Exchange Barbs As Country Sinks Into Crisis

FILE - In this file photo released Monday, March. 22, 2021 by the Lebanese government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's president and prime minister exchanged accusations of obstruction, negligence and insolence Wednesday, June 2, 2021, escalating a war or words that has obstructed formation of a government in the crisis-hit country and snubbing mediation efforts that seek to break a months-long deadlock. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP, File)

(AP) — Lebanon’s president and prime minister-designate have traded barbs, accusing one another of obstruction, negligence and insolence. Their rhetoric escalates a war or words that has for months obstructed the formation of a new government in a country hit by a devastating economic and financial crisis.

The power struggle has worsened despite warnings from world leaders and economic experts of the dire economic conditions the small country is facing.

The World Bank says Lebanon’s crisis is one of the worst the world has seen in the past 150 years. The Lebanese president on Wednesday slammed the premier-designate, saying he is attempting to usurp presidential powers.


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