Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The streets of Beirut are once again filled with the voices of angry citizens fed up with a system increasingly incapable of addressing the basic needs of its people. More than just the visible culmination of a contractual dispute, the current garbage crisis is a symptom of the government’s deeper systemic failures that have wreaked havoc on the nation’s capacity for stability and rule of law.

For over 450 days, Lebanon has “operated” without a President because political parties in parliament, which is tasked with electing the President, cannot come to an agreement on a candidate. Parliament, a body entirely comprised of elected officials, has twice self-extended its term, through dubious constitutional means, and undermined the foundational process of democracy to legitimize the continual...

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