Thousands chant anti-government slogans and wave Lebanese flags in downtown Beirut [Timour Azhari/Al Jazeera]

Beirut, Lebanon – Prime Minister Saad Hariri set a three-day ultimatum for his political rivals to unite and resolve Lebanon‘s dire economic crisis on Friday as tens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across the country for a second day. 

The protests, which broke out on Thursday over plans for new taxes, are the most serious challenge to Hariri’s coalition government, which came to power less than a year ago. 

“I’m setting a very short deadline,” said Hariri.

“Either our partners in the coalition government give a clear answer or I will have something else to say.”

As he spoke, in Beirut’s Martyr Square, protesters waving the Lebanese flag continued to call

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