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    Is the Lebanese Government Listening to the People?

    Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced a package of reforms in the wake of Lebanon's biggest anti-government protests since 2005. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people across the country joined in the fourth day of demonstrations, initially sparked by a tax on messaging apps, with demands including the resignation of Hariri's government. The protests are seen as a reaction to a crumbling economy that seems to have had little effect on ruling elites. Among the slated reforms are huge pay cuts for officials.

    Where could this lead? Officials have cautioned against the instability of a leadership vacuum, while the public dissent brings to mind 2011's Arab Spring protests — many of which were met with violent crackdowns.

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