Lebanese authorities scrambled on Monday to pay overdue salaries to the army, laying bare the extent of an institutional paralysis caused by local political rivalries. The salaries were due to be paid last week but were delayed because neither the cabinet nor parliament convened to pass a decree needed
to transfer the necessary funds. Both bodies have been riven by political tensions linked to wider conflict in the Middle East. Part of the widespread criticism of Lebanon’s politicians has been focused on an unresolved refuse collection dispute that has allowed trash to pile up in Beirut, and their failure to agree on a new president. Lebanon has been without a head of state for 17 months.