Aoun calls for national dialog, renews call for government to convene

File photo: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is pictured at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon April 12, 2017.

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun called on Monday for an “urgent” national dialog on decentralization to reach an understanding on a much-needed economic recovery plan.

The economy has been in freefall since 2019, when a mountain of debt and political gridlock drove the nation into its deepest crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

“Administrative and financial decentralization is the key, accountability and auditing are a condition to turn the page and start a new chapter,” Aoun said in a televised speech, renewing his call for the government to convene.

The cabinet, which is focused on talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to unlock much needed foreign aid, has not met since Oct. 12 amid a row over a probe into last year’s deadly Beirut port blast.

Aoun added that obstructing the economic recovery plan put by the former government led to delaying the negotiations with the IMF.

Last week, Aoun said that Lebanon needs “six to seven years” to emerge from the crisis, a bleak assessment that offered little hope to a nation desperate for positive developments since the economic meltdown in 2019.




One response to “Aoun calls for national dialog, renews call for government to convene”

  1. I read all his speech . He blames everyone but himself for Lebanon’s failure and financial collapse .
    I heard that he was going to tell us something new today . I expected him to announce that he was quitting for his failures as president
    I was expecting him to announce that his deal with Hezbollah is over
    But as always it is the same kind of useless speech . The whole world knows that Aoun’s failure as a president is because he sold his country to Hezbollah and Iran

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