Lebanese paper prints blank issue to protest gridlock

A copy of a blank published An-Nahar newspaper, on a journalist's desk at the paper's headquarters, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 11, 20

A copy of a blank published An-Nahar newspaper, on a journalist's desk at the paper's headquarters, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 11, 20

Nayla Tueni, the editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily newspaper, holds a copy of a blank published newspaper in a strong protest against the paralysis in

Nayla Tueni, the editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily newspaper, holds a copy of a blank published newspaper in a strong protest against the paralysis in

Nayla Tueni, the editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily newspaper, holds a pen as she speaks during a press conference held at the paper's headquarters, in

Nayla Tueni, the editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily newspaper, holds a pen as she speaks during a press conference held at the paper's headquarters, in

A journalist who works at An-Nahar daily newspaper, hold a paper with Arabic words that read: "Against the oppression," on a copy of a blank printed n

A journalist who works at An-Nahar daily newspaper, hold a paper with Arabic words that read: "Against the oppression," on a copy of a blank printed n

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's leading newspaper has printed a blank issue to protest long-running political gridlock and the failure to form a government five months after elections.

Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily, says "we are ringing the alarm bells" with Thursday's edition of the paper, which consists of eight blank pages.

She told a press conference at the paper's Beirut headquarters that the move was an expression of exasperation. She called out politicians' inability to form a government or address issues like pollution and economic stagnation, saying: "This is not just the media crying out, this is the cry of a country."

The sectarian power-sharing system established after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war has entrenched long-ruling elites and makes it difficult to form a government or agree on major policies.