POLICY Statement

August 11, 2020: Resignation of the Lebanese Government 

August 11, 2020

Washington, DC, August 11, 2020 (ATFL) - The American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL), a leadership organization of Americans of Lebanese ancestry, notes the decision of the Diab government to resign and its call for early elections. In light of the economic, political, and social crises that have been eroding the quality of life for the Lebanese people and the hundreds of thousands of refugees residing in the country, the devastation of Beirut has only magnified the mismanagement and corruption of the political leadership over the past 30 years.
There is no easy solution for Lebanon’s recovery. It will take a unified effort of the Lebanese people, its civil society, and public and private stakeholders to develop a national consensus on Lebanon’s future. Lebanon does not lack the talent or the capacity for renewal. We strongly support the capacity of the Lebanese to recover from these multiple disasters and lead their county to a new future.

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