October 21, 2019 / 8:42 AM / a month ago

Lebanon's Aoun: protests show 'people's pain', corruption charges not all fair

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Monday that protests gripping the country showed “people’s pain” but that accusing all politicians of corruption equally was not fair.

Aoun added that the government must at least start by lifting banking secrecy from current and future ministers, his office said in a tweet.

“What is happening in the streets expresses people’s pain, but generalizing corruption (charges) against everyone carries big injustice,” he said during a cabinet session.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Toby Chopra

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