The people of the district of Aley a stronghold of the Progressive Socialist Party ( PSP) rare reportedly facing discrimination with regards to electric power rationing .
PSP issued a statement on Saturday saying that the town of Shahar al-Gharbi and all villages of al-Gharb in the Aley district are suffering severe and unprecedented energy rationing, although no technical malfunctions have been reported in the electrical distribution networks.
The statement described the rationing as “unfair and hypocritical…that is aimed at inciting citizens against the honorable stance PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt took regarding the energy draft bill.”
Jumblatt and his parliamentary bloc members rejected on technical grounds the draft bill that was proposed by the Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun to transfer $1.2 billion in funds to the Energy Ministry, which is headed by Aoun’s son-in-law Gebran Bassil.
Many in Aley district are accusing Aoun and Bassil of using power rationing to force Jumblatt to change his stance o the bill.
Aley district is one of the most important summer destination for tourists who come here to escape the heat . Excessive power rationing will no doubt have a very negative impact on tourism in Lebanon