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What happened in Lebanon in 2022?


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The first parliamentary elections since the beginning of the financial crisis and the October 2019 uprising; the end of Michel Aoun's mandate; a cholera outbreak; the national currency's continued depreciation …. For more than three years now, Lebanon has been careening down a treacherous slope of economic and social crisis, and the balance sheet of the past year unfortunately does not inspire any reasonable hope that the downward trend is about to, finally, be reversed.

Despite the many political changes that could have allowed for a renewal in the country, Lebanon is facing an unprecedented situation at the end of 2022: a dual executive-level power vacuum in the absence of both a president and a fully empowered government. In this context of political procrastination, no major reforms have been embarked upon by those in charge, while at the same time the injustices in the country continue to thrive.

However, gloomy as 2022 may have been overall, there were some pockets of good news, especially on the cultural level, that lifted our spirits amid the trails of daily life in an ailing country.

So, what were these notable events, happy and not so happy, that made the year 2022 in Lebanon?

We take stock in this new episode of our "Explainer" series.

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You can activate the English subtitles in the settings menu of the video.The first parliamentary elections since the beginning of the financial crisis and the October 2019 uprising; the end of Michel Aoun's mandate; a cholera outbreak; the national currency's continued depreciation …. For more than three years now, Lebanon has been careening down a treacherous slope of economic and social...