August 10, 2020

Hassan Diab, Lebanon’s fallen ‘technocrat’ premier

Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon’s prime minister Hassan Diab, who resigned Monday, six days after the massive Beirut blast, owed his appointment late last year to public anger with the ruling elite, but in the end fell victim to it.¬†Heading what was billed as a government of “technocrats” — experts supposedly above Lebanon’s complex and murky political fray — he was tasked with rescuing the country from its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.Promising a new style of governance, the American University of Beirut (AUB) engineering professor and former education minister described himse…


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