Opposition party protestors storm Lebanon’s parliament

BEIRUT

An opposition party protestors in Lebanon broke into the country’s parliament on Friday demanding new parliamentary polls and protesting against alleged corruption and deteriorating economic situation in the country.

The activists belonging to Sabaa (seven) party managed to enter the parliament after a scuffle erupted between them and security forces.

The local media aired videos of protesters in the parliament’s general assembly hall yelling against the government’s “failed policies” to end “corruption” in the country.

In a statement, the party said it would launch a national “civil resistance” campaign against “corruption and looting” of public funds.

Lebanon is one of the most indebted countries in the world, with a debt burden reaching $86.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to a statement by the Lebanese Ministry of Finance in May 2019.

The country is also hit by other economic challenges, including the recent dollar shortage.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara
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