August 13, 2020

Lebanon lawmakers debate emergency imposed after blast

Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon’s parliament convened Thursday to approve a two-week state of emergency in Beirut declared by the government following a deadly explosion that has reignited angry street protests.If endorsed, the state of emergency law will give the military exceptional powers to snuff out renewed protests demanding the overthrow of a political elite widely held responsible for the devastating blast, human rights groups said.¬†Calls had circulated on social media networks for protesters to gather near parliament to prevent lawmakers from joining the session.”We are taking to the streets t…


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