The appointment of candidates to key positions in the central bank and financial sector has become a first test for Lebanon’s new government’s stated commitment to economic and political reforms and has demonstrated that the old sectarian ways have not fallen out of style.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab heads a ministerial council meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. (Reuters)
In announcing that the decision on the appointments had been withdrawn from the Cabinet’s agenda, Diab said he had done so “because what happened violates my convictions, my starting points, and my approach. These appointments, the way they do, do not resemble all of us as a government of technocrats.”
Lebanon central bank is seen closed, after Lebanon declared a medical state of emergency as part of the preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus disease. (File photo: Reuters)