August 13, 2020

Lebanon lawmakers back emergency powers assumed after deadly blast

Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon’s parliament on Thursday approved a two-week state of emergency imposed by the government after last week’s deadly port explosion that gives it legal authority to suppress resurgent protests.Calls had circulated on social media networks for protesters to prevent lawmakers from entering the session — the first since the August 4 blast that ravaged swathes of the capital. But turnout was too low on Thursday morning, ahead of official visits by French Defence Minister Florence Parly and David Hale, the top career diplomat at the US State Department. Security forces outnumb…

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