Lebanon protests: Mass revolt continues as PM 'agrees reforms' – BBC News

Lebanon’s coalition government is expected to approve a package of economic reforms as it attempts to quell the biggest protests in years.

The proposals reportedly involve scrapping new taxes and halving the salaries of top officials.

The government’s move comes as people prepare for a fifth day of protests, amid calls for a general strike.

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to express their anger against corruption and austerity measures.

The Lebanese economy is struggling with low growth and high debt.

Proposed new taxes – including one on voice calls via WhatsApp and other messaging services that was quickly scrapped after being announced last Thursday – have sparked anger and deteriorating infrastructure has made power cuts and piles of uncollected rubbish part of daily life
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