Lebanon To Fight Corruption After Devastating Blast: German Foreign Minister Says

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On Wednesday, the German foreign minister stated that Lebanon needs an administration that is capable of fighting corruption and implement reforms. He stated this after touring the Beirut port, which was a scene of the devastating blast that led to the resignation of the government and protests.

The 4th august blast at a port warehouse that was used to store highly explosive materials killed about 172 people left more than 300,000 without habitable homes and injured over 6000. Not to mention that it damaged swatches of the Mediterranean city, resulting in a deeper financial and economic crisis.

Uncertainty has been deepened by the resignation of the Hassan Diabs Government. Lebanon’s cabinet held talks with the International Monetary Fund to request for a bailout had failed over more internal conflicts regarding the degree of financial losses.

Formation of a new government might be daunting amidst factional rifts and increased public discontent with the officials that most Lebanese thinks are responsible for the country’s problems as How the US Could Block TikTok and WeChat From Americans.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Russia made a deal on Wednesday regarding the benefits of creating highly beneficial external circumstances for the creation of the new Lebanon government.

Humanitarian aid has been delivered to the Lebanese, but other countries are making it pretty clear that they won’t provide any extra funds to help the country recover from the economic drop without any significant reforms to deal with the systemic graft, negligence, mismanagement, and waste.

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It is highly likely that 30 to 40 people haven’t yet been found after a weeklong search. On Wednesday, the Lebanese army said that rescue teams pulled another body from the silo ports wreckage.

Auon also promised a quick investigation into the explosion of what officials said was over 2000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in the port without following any safety measures.

Previous reports show that the prime minister and the president had been warned back in July about the ammonium nitrate stored in the warehouse.

On Wednesday, the president said that soon after the prime minister had received the state security report about the ammonium nitrate back on 20 July; the chief military consulate asked the supreme defense council to do whatever was necessary.

According to the newly released data, it is estimated that the net losses from this blast were more than $15 billion. A huge bill that would be impossible for Lebanon to pay considering its current financial crisis.

The donor conference held after the blast managed to raise $298 million for instant relief. Maas offered over 1 million euros to the country’s red cross, which was part of the huge 20 million euros relief package from Germany.

The federal bank has now instructed the local banks to extend the interest-free loans to businesses and individuals for crucial repairs and the bank will offer the banks with extra funding.

Construction workers and volunteers are still trying to clear the wreckage from the neighborhoods, where dozens of cars were overturned.

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