In Lebanon, the protest movement is given a break while waiting for the new government

The president, Michal Aoun, has rallied to the idea of ​​a government of experts asked by the street.

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Police on duty in front of a bank in Beirut on November 1st. The reopening of financial institutions feared by some Lebanese, who feared a rush on the windows, was uneventful. Hussein Malla / AP

Three days after the capitulation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the anger of the street, Lebanon hesitates between returning to normal and continuing the challenge. Friday 1st In November, the banks reopened for the first time in two weeks and, with the roadblocks lifted, traffic resumed as usual. But protest rallies have been held in the cities of Saida and Tripoli and in central Beirut, and protesters have briefly occupied the headquarters of the Association of Banks, a sign that anger against the ruling class is still alive.

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"After fourteen days of non-stop protests, people feel the need to blowJoelle, a 40-year-old official sitting in one of the tents at Riad Al-Solh square, faces the government building in Beirut. And then, as it is the beginning of the month and the banks have returned to work, many have gone to touch their pay. "

The crossroads, on which thousands of Lebanese have gathered during the last two weeks to demand the resignation of their government, welcomed only a few dozen irreducible Friday afternoon. "But do not think we've given up, warns Micheline. Our goal has not changed. We want a government of technocrats, which judges the corrupt, recovers the stolen funds and prepares early elections. "

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The reopening of the banks, a feared step by some observers who feared a rush on the wickets and a depreciation of the pound, went off without incident. With a few restrictive measures, including dollar withdrawals, institutions managed to deal with the unusual influx of clients. On the black market, the greenback climbed at the rate of $ 1 for 1,700 Lebanese pounds. But on the banking market, the local currency has not deviated from its usual course, 1,507 pounds to 1 dollar, set in 1997.

Non-denominational governance

The Lebanese are now waiting for the president, Michel Aoun, to choose the new prime minister, to whom will come the task of forming the next executive. The consultation process of the Head of State with the parliamentary groups, prior to this appointment, should begin next week. According to his entourage, Saad Hariri, the resigned head of government, would be willing to play this role, provided he could form a team of independent experts.


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