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The LARP IV delegation meeting with Predident Aoun on August 31st.

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The October 17th Revolution and the Situation in Lebanon
Press Release - Monday, December 23, 2019

The Lebanese American Renaissance Partnership (LARP) is deeply concerned with the ongoing unrest in Lebanon. The Lebanese people from all religious backgrounds and beliefs rose on October 17th asking for change in the present political apparatus after the growing corruption and the use of office by its elected officials for personal gain. Furthermore, the economic downturn in the country is becoming extremely dangerous. The public debt is climbing. The security situation is deteriorating, and the security apparatus is still trying to bring stability to no avail.

The Council of Minister of Caretaker Saad Hariri resigned on October 29th giving the "October 17th Revolution” its first win. 63 days later, President Michel Aoun held formal consultations with members of parliament to name a new Prime Minister. Mr. Hassan Diab, a former education minister, was named by Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah party and its allies as the candidate for this position, which could make it difficult to form a new government and secure Western aid. Furthermore, the economic situation is deteriorating as the nation is in a danger zone of debt, hunger, and unemployment.  Small businesses are closing their doors; and stocks of medicine among hospitals and health care providers are depleted.

The October 17th Revolution demanded a totally new government composed of independent thinkers, professionals, and well-known economists from outside the present political corruption apparatus to save what is left from the Lebanese state and institutions.

Since its inception the Lebanese American Renaissance Partnership (LARP) has aimed for a change and improvement in Lebanon through supporting non-profit organizations in Lebanon, along with economic growth and stability for the Lebanese people. LARP is an apolitical organization, but we believe in what the people of Lebanon are demanding and we support them whole heartedly.

LARP supports the calls of the Lebanese people in ​forming an emergency government of experts to deal with the country's economic downward spiral and grant it exceptional power to call for an early and new parliamentary elections. In this regard, LARP urges the formation of a new and technocratic government led by an independent professional with a strong international network capable of restoring confidence domestically and internationally. A professional who possesses a broad range of economic issues, with experience working on low income and fragile states. Thus far this professional has not been named as the October 17 revolution is requesting.

LARP is also committed to supporting the economy and stability of Lebanon, especially by maintaining a strong civil society and supporting civic institutions in this culturally diverse nation. LARP supports the efforts of the United States and other nations to promote economic growth, provide military support to the Lebanese Armed Forces, and foster peace and the principles of democracy inside Lebanon.