Adib has said he does not want to deviate from his mission of forming a government of specialist ministers, a … Protests continue despite breakthrough, as demonstrators call for early elections and technocrat-led cabinet. Also on Wednesday, Beirut’s chief prosecutor, Ziad Abu Haidar, charged three Lebanese and a Palestinian with negligence over a huge fire last week at Beirut’s port that badly polluted the air and traumatized the city’s residents, still reeling from the August explosion. Macron has visited Lebanon twice in less than a month, trying to force change on its leadership amid the crises and last month’s massive explosion in Beirut’s port. Government Formation in Lebanon Press Statement.
A recent meeting between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Monday has ended with an agreement over the formation of an 18-minister cabinet, while talks are now focusing on the names of the new ministers and the distribution of portfolios. In this photo released by Lebanon’s official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Prime … We’re here because our parents lived through civil war and now manage on less than $300 a month.”, A 22-year-old, who requested anonymity, said: “This new government is the same: thieves came and replaced other thieves. Lebanese President Michel Aoun received Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Monday at Baabda Palace for the first time in four days, saying afterwards that government formation talks were ongoing and that progress so far looked “positive”. you've reached a subscriber-only article. I have abided by the law informing me to form a government.
Some said they would not leave until their demands for early elections and a technocrat-led government were met. BEIRUT (AP) — France said on Wednesday it regretted that Lebanese political leaders have failed to form a new government in line with a commitment made to President Emmanuel Macron, but that it was not too late to do so. The crisis has been worsened by the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port caused by the detonation of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrates, which killed nearly 200 people, injured thousands and caused losses worth billions of dollars. The statement by Macron’s office came after Lebanese politicians missed a 15-day deadline to form a crisis Cabinet, with many remaining deadlocked on Wednesday on which political faction gets to have the key portfolio of the finance ministry. Local reports said Adib, a Sunni according to Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system and former diplomat who is supported by Macron, got the backing of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and was appointed to form a Cabinet on Aug. 31. Demonstrators shut off highways leading to Tripoli from the country’s south as rallies against ruling elite continue. In Lebanon, it is always the shock on the political scene, the day after the sanctions decided on Friday by Washington against an influential Lebanese politician, Gebran Bassil. The crisis is largely blamed on decades of systematic corruption and mismanagement by Lebanon’s ruling class. They have been calling for sweeping reforms and a government led by independent technocrats that can deal with the crippling economic crisis. The escalation saw more than 540 people wounded on the two sides and came as wrangling delayed the formation of the new government. January 22, 2020. The presidency later announced that the prime minister-designate had met with Aoun at Baabda Palace and discussed with him developments in the government formation … Violence and provocative actions have no place in civil discourse. “It is not yet too late: everyone must assume their responsibilities and finally act in the sole interest of Lebanon by allowing Moustapha Adib to form a government that reflects the seriousness of the situation,” the French statement said, referring to the Lebanese prime minister-desginate. This government is made up of non-partisan people who are not affected by political wrangling.”. The small, cash-strapped country is in desperate need of financial assistance but France and other international powers have refused to provide aid before serious reforms are made. Typically government formation in Lebanon takes months. (AP Photo/Mary Alt, Women walk along the beach during sunset in Banda Aceh on November 5, 2020. There will be accountability.”, He added: “This [is a] government that does not aspire to cronyism and favours. The sources also pointed to foreign pressure, particularly from Paris, to revive the initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron to save Lebanon and stop its economic and financial collapse. Dalati Nohra/Handout via Reuters, Arabs Doubt Biden Will Herald Change in the Middle East, Winter Rains in Beirut Finish off Blast-Ravaged Homes, Under Guise of Russian Companies, ‘Unknown Parties’ Recruit Syrians to Head to Venezuela, King Salman to Sponsor Inaugural Global Conference on Giftedness and Creativity, Iraq's PM Congratulates Biden, Harris on Election Victory, Ailing Syria and the US-Russian Medication, Riyadh Chamber Launches Initiatives to Promote E-Commerce, Palestinian Territories, Gaza City: Palestinian fishermen pull their nets from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea before sunset.