Beirut Looks To Fill Its Coffers...While Cracking Down On CorruptionKirk Albrecht
When former army general Emile Lahoud became Lebanon's President late last year, he quickly dumped Premier Rafik Hariri, architect of Lebanon's drive to rebuild after its devastating civil war in the 1970s and '80s. Even the most jaded Lebanese, used to decades of political wrangling, were shocked by the summary dispatch. After all, it was Hariri's financial prowess that had almost single-handedly brought Lebanon back from the rubble. But while the house was going up again, financial cracks had already appeared in the foundations.
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