Hezbollah\u2019s deputy leader has said Lebanon\u2019s central bank governor Riad Salameh is responsible for the country\u2019s predicament, but he is not the only guilty party, according to local media on Tuesday.\r\nThe Lebanese government, which is\u00a0supported by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization, has recently sought to blame others, including the central bank governor Riad Salameh, for the worsening currency crisis that has added to Lebanon\u2019s economic woes. The comments from Hezbollah\u2019s Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem are the latest example.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe government should be given an opportunity to bring Lebanon through the current situation, as it is addressing the issues in various ways, the National News Agency quoted Qassem as saying.\r\nThe government and central bank need to work together to come up with solutions, rather than go at each other in the media, he added.\r\nThe\u00a0plummeting exchange rate\u00a0is the result of accumulated errors and the negative performance of the central government, Qassem said.\r\n\r\nBlame game for currency crisis\r\nSince late 2019, Lebanon has suffered from a dollar crunch that has spurred an economic ancd currency crises, and inflation is on the rise. The country is dependent on imports \u2013 around 80 percent of its food is imported \u2013 and dollars are needed to pay for the goods.\r\nPrime Minister Hassan Diab last week said Salameh was\u00a0responsible for the currency crisis. Diab said the crisis-hit country had suffered $7 billion in additional losses since the start of the year and that liquidity in the banking system was running out, with $5.7 billion in Lebanese deposits exiting in January and February, Reuters reported.\r\nBut Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri on Sunday\u00a0came to Salameh\u2019s defense, saying the currency would continue to tumble and threaten deposits if Salameh was removed.\r\nLebanon cannot afford to remove Salameh as the country enters negotiations with foreign bondholders after defaulting on its debt obligations, Berri said in the local An-Nahar newspaper.\r\nInfluential Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai also backed Salameh, saying criticism of Salameh would only hurt the country.\r\nWhile politicians continue to play the blame game, the Lebanese lira has now lost more than half its value on the parallel, or black market. The peg officially remains in place at 1507 to $1, but in reality the exchange rate has inched toward 4,000 to $1.\r\nAs hunger and unemployment continue to rise, protesters have returned to the streets in the country\u2019s north. On Monday night,\u00a0one protester was killed\u00a0by security forces.