A Lebanese prosecutor on May 18 charged the director of monetary operations at the central bank, Mazen Hamdane, with manipulating the exchange rate, a judicial source said, as the country struggles with a major currency crisis. (Patrick Baz / Getty Images)
Look in the archives, and the signs are there. In summer 2018, the Banque du Liban (BDL) celebrated its 55th anniversary. It also marked Riad Salameh’s 25th year at the institution’s helm; the government has repeatedly reappointed him every six years, an exceptionally long tenure for the head of a central bank.