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The economic downturn of Lebanon

  • Post Civil War

    Lebanon was devastated by a bloody 15-year-long civil war, which began on April 13, 1975. Under the 1989 Taif Agreement, which ended this conflict, cabinet portfolios are divided among the main religious groups in the country, with six portfolios reserved for Sunnis, six for Shiites, and three for Druze.
  • Alliances or respective withdrawals

    Tensions between Christians and Palestinians caused a bloody civil war to break out between the Lebanese themselves, the Palestinians, and outside forces (mainly Israel and Syria). The latter occupied a large part of the country physically, making alliances with one side or another until their respective withdrawals in 2000 (Israel) and 2005 (Syria).
  • Lowering the growth rate

    Starting in 2011, shortly before the massive arrival of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the economic situation began to deteriorate, lowering the growth rate to 2%.
  • Instability

    Lebanon has experienced many moments of instability: attacks, war with Israel, civil war, internal tensions between the parties, tensions with Syria, etc. The corruption index is 72 points out of 100 in 2018, ranking 140 in the world (well above the average). Where citizens continue to suffer daily and government-scheduled power outages. This is due to the connection with the generator mafia that fills the state vacuum and makes money.
  • Corruption increasing

    The perception of corruption in Lebanon is increasing. For years, politicians from all factions in the country have stolen and thereby ruined the country. Even politicians who are at odds with each other have taken advantage of this corrupt system to enrich themselves. When it comes to your own well-being, everyone agrees.
  • Protests against the government

    On October 17, 2019, people took to the streets across Lebanon with an unprecedented sense of unity to call for the dissolution of the entire political and economic power structure that ruled the country since the end of the armed conflict in 1990. The trigger for this collective mobilization was the government's decision to impose even more rates as part of the austerity measures, in particular a “WhatsApp tax”, which would levy a free worldwide calling service.
  • Covid-19 crisis

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Lebanese people continue to take to the streets amid reports that at least four people committed suicide in June due to economic problems. The coronavirus stalked the country, which lived in a hospital collapsed and suffered from the lack of all kinds of medical supplies to assist the sick. As if that were not enough, the country's already devastated economy was sinking more and more.
  • Port of Beirut explosion

    On August 4, 2020, Beirut, the capital, was devastated by an explosion that swept through part of the city, killing 217 people and injuring more than 6,500. After the explosion, the causes of which are still being investigated, it reignited the protests of a citizenry inflamed with its political class after rumors spread that the accident could have been prevented.
  • Growing crisis and shortages

    The growing economic crisis in Lebanon is putting pressure on hospitals, which are ill-equipped to deal with a new wave of coronavirus. The country's health centers, already suffering from drug shortages, are now faced with repeated power outages. The government does not find funds to cover expenses other than property damage from the port explosion