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The Lebanese president called on people to support reform

Addressing the thousands of supporters gathered outside the Presidential Palace on the outskirts of Beirut, Aoun said he should not protest against each other and stressed his supporters and opposers should be together. support the reform plan.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun speaks in Beirut, October 24, 2019. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

The 84-year-old leader said a peace path was devised to fight corruption, revive the economy and establish a civil government. He acknowledged that this would not be easy, and needed "the efforts of every citizen".

This is the second outbreak of a nationwide protest wave in Lebanon in a month and is considered the country's largest wave of protests in years. The protests came after the government began discussing plans to impose fuel taxes, cigarettes, phone and messaging apps like WhatsApp or Viber and some expensive goods, thereby raising the price tax. value added, bringing more revenue to the budget in 2020. The government expects the "austerity" measures will save the declining economy, and let Lebanon get a loan worth USD 11 billion. , which was achieved with international creditors last year. The Lebanese Ministry of Finance says public debt is at $ 86 billion, 150% higher than the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation on October 29, but the protests have not ended.

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