Lebanon’s President Aoun holds central bank responsible for crisis

SourceArab News
SectorEconomy
CountryLebanon

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun on Wednesday held the Central Bank responsibility for the financial collapse and stalling an audit, which’s a key condition for foreign aid the country badly needs. In a national address, Aoun accused Lebanese banks of squandering people’s savings and the Central Bank’s governor of giving excuses for refusing to answer 73 out of 133 questions that consultancy Alvarez & Marsal had sent for the audit. “To the central bank I say: the main responsibility befalls you,” he said, in his strongest criticism yet. “You should have taken measures to protect people’s money in the banks.” Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The paralyzed banking sector is at the heart of Lebanon’s financial collapse, which came to a head in 2019 when dollar inflows dried up and protests swept the country. The heavily indebted state and the banking sector, its biggest creditor, have since traded blame for the crisis, Lebanon’s worst...read more...