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Lebanon reverses controversial decision to delay clocks change

The controversial decision by the Lebanon government to delay daylight saving time for a month has been reversed by the government of Lebanon.

Najib Mikati was the country’s interim prime minister and said that the cabinet had voted for the clocks to be one hour ahead of normal on Wednesday night.

Many Lebanese were angered by Mr Mikati‘s delay in daylight saving until the end the Muslim holy month Ramadan. This would have allowed Muslims the opportunity to break their fasts one hour earlier.

This measure would have delayed the change of clocks to 21 April.


Lebanon‘s highest Christian authority defied the announcement, and moved its clocks forward Saturday night along with some schools and media outlets.

Many Lebanese were left in an awkward position, having to balance work and school in different time zones. The country is only 88 km (55 miles) wide at its largest point.

In accordance with the majority of European countries, the country sets its clocks forward one hour every Sunday in March.

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Five months have passed without the election of a president in Lebanon, and most public institutions have been stalled by a prolonged financial crisis.

When Mikati announced Monday’s clock change, he said that the crisis was not winter or summer. He stated: “The problem, rather, is the vacuum at the top of the republic.”


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