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Lebanon Gets New Government After Three Months of Protest

  • Protesters stream back into streets to reject new lineup
  • New government faces worst financial crisis in decades.
Protesters clash with riot police in Beirut on Jan. 18.
Protesters clash with riot police in Beirut on Jan. 18.Photographer: Bilal Jawich/Xinhua via Getty Images
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Lebanon unveiled a new cabinet lineup Tuesday, some three months after mass protests against entrenched corruption brought down the government and shook the economy.

The incoming team of 20, led by former education minister Hassan Diab, will have to act fast to address the country’s worst financial and economic crisis in decades. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent months to demand a wholesale overhaul of the country’s sectarian power-sharing system, exacerbating an economic decline years in the making and raising investor concerns that Lebanon could default on its debt obligations for the first time.