Lebanese parliament convenes for first time in a year
Lebanese lawmakers convened for the first parliament meeting in over a year on Thursday, Reuters reports.
The two-day parliament session will focus on a strategy to address the country's paralyzed financial state.
According to Reuters, lawmakers will focus on developing legislature to address development loans, debt issuance, and banks. 
Lebanon's presidential deadlock, which has been the longest in history, is preventing the country from accessing World Bank loans. The loans will expire if parliament does not approve them by the year-end. 
On October 21 Lebanese lawmakers failed to elect a new head of state for the 30th time, only prolonging the year and a half long political vacuum.