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‘No One Knows’ Where Lebanese Pound Is Headed, Says Central Bank Governor

  • Country’s currency has been pegged to the dollar since 1997
  • Lebanon is facing its worst financial crisis in decades
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Lebanon’s central bank governor has suggested he’s struggling to contain the divergence of the pound from its peg to the dollar as the country faces its worst financial crisis in decades.

“No one knows,” Riad Salameh said, when asked how much further the pound would depreciate on the black market. “When I spoke in the past, the dollar hadn’t reached 2,000 pounds,” he said, according to the state-run National News Agency. The pound has been pegged at 1,507.5 to the dollar since 1997. Salameh later stressed that the central bank’s policy on the official rate remains unchanged.