The Lebanese flag was spotted upside down and half-staff at the Grand Serail on Wednesday. While this violation of protocol could be shrugged off as a mistake, it most likely has a deeper meaning.
In the U.S. and in Canada, the national flag may be flown upside down to indicate a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. Flying the flag half-staff signifies mourning, distress, or respect.
Diab himself had resigned in the wake of the blast and expected a new government to be formed quickly and turn things around. Little did he know he would still be working in a caretaker capacity almost a year after resigning.