Lebanese PM asks for IMF aid as dispute with central bank grows

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Central Bank of Lebanon governor Riad Salameh

Lebanon’s prime minister requested $10 billion in International Monetary Fund emergency aid today (May 1), days after attacking the central bank governor’s handling of the crisis.

Central bank governor Riad Salameh accused un-named politicians of “slander”, as the dispute between him and prime minister Hassan Diab worsened. Salameh condemned attacks on the central bank in very strongly worded terms, in a clear reference to recent remarks by Diab. 

The governor defended his record in a

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