Lebanon crisis escalates as designated Prime Minister Hariri resigns

Lebanon’s PM-designate Hariri steps down as crisis deepens. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he will not be able to form a government as a bitter political rivalry continues to keep Lebanon without a government.

The Middle Eastern country has been without a government since October. This period of political crisis has been accompanied by an unprecedented economic meltdown that has seen the free fall of the Lebanese currency, which has nosedived 90% since 2019 against the dollar.

Poverty has skyrocketed and the country faces a dire shortage of medicines, fuel and electricity.