Energy minister slammed over electricity blackouts

majdalani atef, mp 1 March 14 MP MP Atef Majdalani a key member of the Future bloc blasted energy minister Gebran Bassil accusing him of leaving Lebanon in the dark rather than pursuing the late former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s plan to provide 24 hours of electricity to all regions of Lebanon.

“Instead of… [providing] the entirety of Lebanon with electricity 24 hours, [the energy minister’s] primary goal is to spread darkness,” National News Agency (NNA) quoted Majdalani as saying on Wednesday.

Last week, Al-Liwaa newspaper reported that the cabinet would discuss a proposal submitted by Bassil to increase electricity rationing in Beirut in an attempt to provide areas outside the capitol with a more equitable share of the country’s electricity.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bassil confirmed media reports that he was planning to increase electricity rationing in Beirut.

“It won’t be long before Lebanon is enshrouded in darkness, all in the name of change and reform,” the Future MP stated.

Bassil is the son -in-law of Change and Reform leader MP Michel Aoun, a close ally of Hezbollah.

Hezbollah currently dominates the cabinet of PM Nagib Mikati.

According to analysts Lebanon is witnessing the worst blackouts ever . In Mount Lebanon areas which are classified as tourist resort are blackouts can last as long as 12 hours in one stretch.

  • Patience2

    He’s just implementing the ‘hezboobian’ political line(that of Iran), to cause hate and discontent in the Leb, for purposes of de-stabilisation. He, and his ugly cohorts actually have no interest in the people except as it relates to Iranian interests.

    • Moe28

      Since your so Iranophobic, Didn’t Iran offer to build 20 power plants for free in Lebanon and march 14th took orders not accept, Didn’t Iran offer to send power lines to Lebanon and march 14 declined by foreign orders? The only Nuclear power generating nation in the Middle East is offering Lebanon electricity and March 14th declines. Didn’t they even offer to give us a 100 million so we can build damns to provide Lebanese with electricity and clean drinking water? That one we accepted two months ago.

      • Mazen_M

        Why does anyone have to give us anything? Why can’t Lebanon do it on their own? I don’t think it’s that hard, is it? I don’t know….

        • Moe28

          If we can do it ourselves it would be great, But don’t forget we are a small nation in debt 60 billion from rebuilding from our civil war that lasted 20 years. We also have a bunch of corrupt politicians from from all parties and sects. If Lebanon becomes a state with 24/7 electricity fiber optic internet etc etc, I would love to retire and invest all i have one day back in my country… That’s what keeps Lebanon afloat Lebanese overseas investing in Lebanon. You cant create jobs in the 21st century without internet and electricity. I truly know Lebanese are one of the most intelligent People in the Middle East our people have lots of potential we just need the infrastructure to do it. Why not a Arab Ebay or Google for the Middle East?

        • IraniAngel

          dont think national – think regional

        • 5thDrawer

          No-one wants the solar-generators on their bit of turf …. even on bald mountains.

      • 5thDrawer

        Didn’t you read the ‘specs’ on those wonderful ‘offers’ Moe ???
        And where are the power-ships tying up ??

  • Patience2

    He’s just implementing the ‘hezboobian’ political line(that of Iran), to cause hate and discontent in the Leb, for purposes of de-stabilisation. He, and his ugly cohorts actually have no interest in the people except as it relates to Iranian interests.

    • Moe28

      Didn’t Iran offer to build 20 power plants for free in Lebanon and march 14th took orders not accept, Didn’t Iran offer to send power lines to Lebanon and march 14 declined by foreign orders? The only Nuclear power generating nation in the Middle East is offering Lebanon electricity and March 14th declines.

      • Mazen_M

        Why does anyone have to give us anything? Why can’t Lebanon do it on their own? I don’t think it’s that hard, is it? I don’t know….

        • Moe28

          If we can do it ourselves it would be great, But don’t forget we are a small nation in debt 60 billion from rebuilding from our civil war that lasted 20 years. We also have a bunch of corrupt politicians from from all parties and sects. If Lebanon becomes a state with 24/7 electricity fiber optic internet etc etc, I would love to retire and invest all i have one day back in my country… That’s what keep Lebanon afloat Lebanese overseas investing in Lebanon.

        • IraniAngel

          dont think national – think regional

        • 5thDrawer

          No-one wants the solar-generators on their bit of turf …. even on bald mountains.

      • 5thDrawer

        Didn’t you read the ‘specs’ on those wonderful ‘offers’ Moe ???
        And where are the power-ships tying up ??

  • libnan1

    What ??? implement Hariri’s plan !!!! you must be kidding me…. Hariri had 20 years to implement his own plan (if was any) and didn’t. Mr. Majdalani the problem is with you and the rest of your clowns that obstructing the electricity project by not financing it in parliament.

  • libnan1

    What ??? implement Hariri’s plan !!!! you must be kidding me…. Hariri had 20 years to implement his own plan (if was any) and didn’t. Mr. Majdalani the problem is with you and the rest of your clowns that obstructing the electricity project by not financing it in parliament.