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UN Special Coordinator: Politicians should blame themselves

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis. (The Daily Star/United Nations, HO)

BEIRUT: United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis Wednesday expressed his frustration over political deadlock in the country over government formation.

“Another day of confusion around the formation of a government, amidst the increasingly angry protests and free-falling economy. Politicians, don’t blame the people, blame yourselves for this dangerous chaos,” he said via Twitter.

Kubis criticized the lack of action taken by authorities to solve deteriorating economic and living standards in Lebanon.

In another tweet, he highlighted that Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh had been seeking extraordinary powers to “somehow manage the economy while those responsible watch it collapsing. Incredible.”

Kubis was referring to a letter sent to caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Jan. 9, in which Salameh sought extra powers to regulate and standardize controls that commercial banks are imposing on depositors to ensure “fair relationships” between banks and customers.

 

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