Lebanese central bank employees went on strike on Monday over state budget proposals that would cut their benefits but said they may be ready to take a decision to “relieve” pressures caused by the move.
Beirut’s stock exchange halted trading on Monday because of the strike at Lebanon’s central bank, the Banque du Liban. The strike prompted the Beirut Stock Exchange to suspend trading until further notice because the clearance and settlement process for transactions could not be done on time, BSE said in a statement.
A photo of Lebanese Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil carrying a spent shell presented to him by Hezbollah officials during his visit to the city of Jbeil north of Beirut sparked wide controversy and condemnations in the country. Former MP Fares Souaid criticized Bassil’s tour to the district of Jbeil, saying on Twitter that Hezbollah’s gift to the minister in the presence of deputies from Jbeil and Keserouan was a “stupid” attempt to give the impression that the Jbeil-Keserouan residents support Hezbollah. Bassil and his father-in-law president Michel Aoun are closely allied with the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group