Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that it will take the country between six and seven years to overcome the economic, political and social crisis from which it is suffering, and which is partly attributed to corruption, and expects it at the same time “changes”.
In a television appearance, Aoun blamed the Lebanese people’s current problems on “the actions of those who previously exercised responsibility”.
“Without a doubt there will be changes, and these changes will be intellectual and practical, because what we have achieved is the result of sin, corruption and the failure of the system,” he said, according to the Lebanon24 network.
However, he warned that this transformation “will take time”. “It takes Lebanon six or seven years to get out of the crisis,” he calculated.
Lebanon is in the throes of a serious economic crisis that has brought more than 50 percent of its population below the poverty line and sparked numerous protests fueled by the explosion in the port of Beirut and the pandemic that kept the government in check.
The World Bank considers the crisis to be one of the worst in modern history with increasing amounts of raw materials, power outages and rising unemployment. On the same Friday, it announced that it would provide $ 37 million (around 32.7 million euros) to support public schools in Lebanon.