Lebanon forms a new government with former American University of Beirut professor Hassan Diab as its Prime Minister, ending a three-month deadlock. Protestors subsequently march on Parliament to protest the new government.
Sources: Al Jazeera
Sources: Al Jazeera
The government announces a 25-day nationwide lockdown in the country beginning January 7 in order to reduce the increase in COVID-19 cases that occurred during the holiday season. A curfew from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. local time will also be in effect until February 1.
Riot police fire tear gas at protesters trying to make their way into parliament, amid increasing anger at the government's handling of this week's explosions in Beirut and deteriorating economic situation in the country. More than 728 people were wounded in the clashes, sixty-three of whom were taken to hospitals, while a policeman was killed.
Several explosions in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 70 people, injure more than 4,000 others and send shock waves that damage homes as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, whose wife and daughter are among the injured, declares Wednesday a national day of mourning. The shockwave was felt in a few nearby countries.
Lebanon says it will default on a eurobond repayment and pursue restructuring its debt. The country has never before defaulted. Lebanon's government debt is about 170% of its yearly gross domestic product.
Businessman Samir Khatib withdraws his candidacy for the Prime Minister position after failing to secure enough votes from the Sunni Muslim bloc last week. This leaves the ousted Saad Hariri as the only potential candidate. Massive protests are formed outside the Parliament building in response to Hariri’s possible return.
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk reports at least 43 people were killed and more than 239 wounded as two, simultaneous suicide bomb blasts hit a Shi'ite community center and a nearby bakery in the Beirut suburb of Bourj el-Barajneh, a section of the Lebanese capital controlled by Hezbollah. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. Machnouk said a third suicide bomber had been killed by one of the explosions before he could detonate his own bomb. The bombers struck as Lebanese lawmakers held a legislative session for the first time in over a year.