No government anytime soon in Lebanon

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File photo: A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard with a cartoon of President Michel Aoun, parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah kneeling on the neck of a protester like in the case of George Floyd near the presidential palace on Sept. 12. According to Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea ” it is impossible to reach any reform as long as Aoun and Hezbollah hold onto power”. ANWAR AMRO/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

It appears that PM Najib Miqati will be named as the PM-designate should the binding parliamentary consultations be held on Monday as scheduled, local media reported.

Miqati may reportedly secure 60 to 65 votes, while former ambassador to the U.N. Nawwaf Salam may secure around 20 votes if he was to be named by the Free Patriotic Movement , the reports added.

The formation of the government will face the same obstacles as faced by former PM Designate Saad Hariri since President Michel Aoun opposes Miqati’s nomination the reports added.

FPM reportedly is still insisting on voting for Nawwaf Salam, despite the fact that Salam’s former supporters the Lebanese Forces and the Democratic Gathering bloc have given up on his nomination.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that his LF bloc would not name any candidate in the parliamentary consultations, noting that there was no solution to the deadlock , and the only solution is holding early parliamentary elections.

The new government is supposed to implement the reforms required by IMF , but according to Geagea, it is impossible to reach any reform as long as Aoun and Hezbollah hold onto power.

Asked about the reason that led the LF to abandon Salam’s designation, he said: “We named him a year ago, when we had some hope that there might be some improvement under the existing structure, and with a very big international initiative – the French one. But at the moment, we are convinced that we cannot reach a solution, no matter who the prime minister is.”

Hezbollah is reportedly insisting on backing Miqati’s nomination and under no circumstances the Iranian backed militant group will back Salam

According to media reports a meeting was held between Bassil and Hezbollah on Thursday during which Bassil openly told Hezbollah of his opposition to Miqati’s designation.

Hariri abandoned the mission of forming a government earlier this month after failing to agree with Aoun and and Bassil.

Bassil reportedly warned that if the FPM and the Lebanese Forces blocs did not vote for Miqkati, the latter would be named prime minister without the approval of a major Christian bloc.

For all the above reasons Lebanon is not expected to have a government anytime in the near future.

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7 responses to “No government anytime soon in Lebanon”

  1. Agreed , no reforms will be possible as long as Aoun and Hezbollah remain in power in Lebanon .
    But Lebanon will cease to exist as a nation if all the ruling mafia and I mean all the politicians in Lebanon) remain in power.
    Time to trash the Lebanese system of governing and all the Lebanese politicians and build a nation using the Swiss model

  2. Miqati is a thief like Bassil , Aoun , Berri , Hezbollah and all the politicians in Lebanon and doesn’t deserve to be nominated as a PM designate . In fact no one among the Lebanese ruling mafia deserves the title of a PM designate. Only people from outside the system should be considered for such a mission . Tired to see the same crap , over and over again . They all smell, get rid of them

    1. Bibi is unemployed as of now)

  3. Miqati is a thief like Bassil , Aoun , Berri , Hezbollah and all the politicians in Lebanon and doesn’t deserve to be nominated as a PM designate . In fact no one among the Lebanese ruling mafia deserves the title of a PM designate. Only people from outside the system should be considered for such a mission . Tired to see the same crap , over and over again . They all smell, get rid of them

  4. The former Lebanese Prime Ministers’ Council (there is such a body!) Convened today and recently announced its support for the imposition of a mandate to form a government in Lebanon on Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, a native of Tripoli, with a fortune of about $ 3 billion who previously served as Lebanese prime minister.
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  5. The former Lebanese Prime Ministers’ Council (there is such a body!) Convened today and recently announced its support for the imposition of a mandate to form a government in Lebanon on Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, a native of Tripoli, with a fortune of about $ 3 billion who previously served as Lebanese prime minister.
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  6. Having won the recommendation of a majority of Lebanese MPs, including Hezbollah MPs, former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati is now making his way to the Lebanese Presidential Palace to officially receive the mandate to form a government from President Aoun

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