After two weeks of anti-government protests (MEES, 25 October), Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned this week claiming to have hit a “dead end” in efforts to appease the demonstrators. President Michel Aoun subsequently addressed the nation 31 October, calling for a “homogenous” caretaker government to be formed in order to tackle protesters’ grievances.

In reality, Mr Hariri’s resignation is hardly a victory for the protests. For one,...