“Same player is still playing”. The formula, borrowed from the pinball machine, would suit the political situation in Lebanon well enough, except that the latter is not really a game: Saad Hariri was again appointed on Thursday Prime Minister to form a government, almost a to the day after having resigned under the pressure of an unprecedented popular uprising.
After the binding parliamentary consultations led by the head of state Michel Aoun, Hariri was chosen by a majority of 65 deputies, according to a statement read at a press conference by a senior official of the presidency. He demonstrably promised “a government of experts”, in accordance with the “French initiative”.
Hariri, who has already led three governments in a Lebanon accustomed to repeated political crises, will have to tackle the formation of a new government team in a country in the midst of economic collapse, and still traumatized by the deadly explosion of 4 August at the port of Beirut which left more than 200 dead and thousands of injured.
“The longer we delay, the more the boat sinks”
By the authorities’ own admission, the explosion took place in a warehouse where an enormous quantity of ammonium nitrate had been stored for more than six years and “without precautionary measures”.
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The government of Hassan Diab resigned in the wake of this tragedy, without having initiated the reforms expected by the international community to unlock crucial financial aid.
“The longer we delay, the more the boat sinks. If Lebanon does not carry out the reforms that should be carried out, then it is the country itself which risks dislocation, ”French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian warned on Wednesday.
Coming twice to Beirut, President Emmanuel Macron launched a “French initiative” for a way out of the crisis, calling for a government of “independents”.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr