Lebanon's Currency Plummets Again Amid Financial Crisis and Political Deadlock

Lebanon's currency has lost more than 15% of its value since the start of the year, piling further pressure on the population more than two years into a crisis that has plunged many into poverty and fuelled demonstrations, Reuters reported. Protesters took to the streets in several areas of the country on Monday night, burning tires and voicing anger at the dire economic situation amid political deadlock. Cars queued at fuel stations to fill up before another expected rise in prices. "You would like to believe that you can be hopeful, but there is no hope," said Abdel-Rahman Shaar, who runs a computer shop in central Beirut. "People are dying of hunger ... , the state is in a coma and the dollar (exchange rate) is crashing." The Lebanese pound, which has lost more than 90% of its value since 2019, was trading at a new low of more than 33,000 to the dollar on Tuesday from 27,400 on Dec. 31. It had traded at 1,500 before the economy was crushed by a mountain of debt. Read more.