Jumblatt slams cabinet’s inaction over electricity issue

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt slammed the cabinet for inaction in trying to benefit from the soft loans granted by the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to resolve the electricity crisis.

“There is a political party that does not want to benefit from these loans for unknown reasons… we do not understand the reasons of this failure,” Jumblatt told Al-Jumhuriya newspaper in remarks published on Friday.

The party he is reportedly referring to is the Free Patriotic Movement which is headed by MP Michel Aoun, a close ally of the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah militant group. Aoun’s son-in-law Gebran Bassil is the energy minister

Jumblatt also said that it was time for the cabinet to bear its responsibilities instead of blaming others.

According to analysts Lebanon is witnessing the worst power blackouts ever . In Mount Lebanon areas which are classified as tourist resorts there are days where power is on for 3 to 4 hours a day and where blackouts can last as long as 12 hours in one stretch. This has reportedly outraged the tourists who are threatening to leave if the situation does not improve.

Many Lebanese citizens took to the streets to express their outrage over the power cuts. Several main roads were temporarily blocked with burning tires during the past days. Beirut’s airport road was also affected by the protests.

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14 responses to “Jumblatt slams cabinet’s inaction over electricity issue”

  1. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    I am guessing aoun, bassil and their friends have power 24/24.

  2. MeYosemite Avatar
    MeYosemite

    I am guessing aoun, bassil and their friends have power 24/24.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Well listen folks … we need to be ‘creative’ (as usual). Advertise the vacations as ‘Wilderness Luxury Experiences’. And ‘Weight-loss Specials’.
    Maybe something like this:
    “Come live as the Romans did. Healthy atmosphere and natural living. Awake with the glorious sun-rise over Mt. Lebanon as it leaps from valley to valley. Bask in the warmth of Mid-day sun on sandy beaches, enjoy fresh-picked-only Lebanese salads, then retire peacefully to the glorious sun-sets of the Mediterranean.
    For those with adventurous spirits, guided torch-lit walking tours to candle-lit night-clubs, where only local acoustic instruments and ancient drum-beats allow you to converse quietly, while enjoying exotic belly-dance ladies. Romance under Lebanese Starry Skies. (Telescopes provided for Universe enjoyment.)”
    Could pick up some business that way?
    (Now … how to get the rubber-smoke out of the picture …. hmmm.)
    “Fly To Cyprus. Be rowed to Byblos on a Roman Galleon – Prices reduced for those who wish to begin with the ‘Roman Slave’ experience chained to a oar … (Light whipping only by Greek Goddesses in See-through Egyptian Silks.)”
    Now THAT might work …. 😉

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

       I might consider it if they’d put a roof on the temple of Bacchus and have evening ‘happy hours’ there again!

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Those Romans knew how to live, right? 🙂 
        In more recent times, The music and plays didn’t need the roof – and drew crowds of tourists. The stars in the ceiling were part of the charm – and until they had to beg Hezzy for access, made for wonderful experiences. 
        Bring on the wine and women. 🙂
        Hmmm … and considering the way they are building rooves these days … I’ll take the sky.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

          Yes … just think how nice life would be if the ‘street-turds’ hung around indefinitely!  A list of just who is a HA’er should be kept, so that later they can be charged for their crimes. On that last line, yes, there are almost no more Cedars, so yes, I’ll take the stars too.

    2. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

       I might consider it if they’d put a roof on the temple of Bacchus and have evening ‘happy hours’ there again!

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Those Romans knew how to live, right? 🙂 
        In more recent times, The music and plays didn’t need the roof – and drew crowds of tourists. The stars in the ceiling were part of the charm – and until they had to beg Hezzy for access, made for wonderful experiences. 
        Bring on the wine and women. 🙂
        Hmmm … and considering the way they are building rooves these days … I’ll take the sky.

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

          Yes … just think how nice life would be if the ‘street-turds’ hung around indefinitely!  A list of just who is a HA’er should be kept, so that later they can be charged for their crimes. On that last line, yes, there are almost no more Cedars, so yes, I’ll take the stars too.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Well listen folks … we need to be ‘creative’ (as usual). Advertise the vacations as ‘Wilderness Luxury Experiences’. And ‘Weight-loss Specials’.
    Maybe something like this:
    “Come live as the Romans did. Healthy atmosphere and natural living. Awake with the glorious sun-rise over Mt. Lebanon as it leaps from valley to valley. Bask in the warmth of Mid-day sun on sandy beaches, enjoy fresh-picked-only Lebanese salads, then retire peacefully to the glorious sun-sets of the Mediterranean.For those with adventurous spirits, guided torch-lit walking tours to candle-lit night-clubs, where only local acoustic instruments and ancient drum-beats allow you to converse quietly, while enjoying exotic belly-dance ladies. Romance under Lebanese Starry Skies. (Telescopes provided for Universe enjoyment.”
    Could pick up some business that way?
    (Now … how to get the rubber-smoke out of the picture …. hmmm.)

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

       I might consider it if they’d put a roof on the temple of Bacchus and have evening ‘happy hours’ there again!

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Those Romans knew how to live, right? 🙂 
        In more recent times, The music and plays didn’t need the roof – and drew crowds of tourists. The stars in the ceiling were part of the charm – and until they had to beg Hezzy for access, made for wonderful experiences. 

        1. Patience2 Avatar
          Patience2

          Yes … just think how nice life would be if the ‘street-turds’ hung around indefinitely!  A list of just who is a HA’er should be kept, so that later they can be charged for their crimes. On that last line, yes, there are almost no more Cedars, so yes, I’ll take the stars too.

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