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15:16  21 september  2020
15:16  21 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Lebanon PM presses on with crisis cabinet line-up effort

  Lebanon PM presses on with crisis cabinet line-up effort Lebanon's prime minister-designateMustapha Adib said Thursday he was extending efforts to strike a deal on an emergency cabinet line-up despite missing a French deadline. "I am fully aware that we do not have the luxury of time," he said in a brief statement after meeting President Michel Aoun. French President Emmanuel Macron had given Lebanon's main political players a two-week deadline to agree on a line-up of experts whose job would be to address multiple crises.The deadline expired on Wednesday with no result, prompting Macron to voice his disappointment.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, and Prime Minister- Designate Mustapha Adib , both criticised Asked where Lebanon was headed if there was no agreement among its fractious leaders, Aoun Over the past year, Lebanon has been rocked by unprecedented protests calling for an overhaul of

Lebanon 's prime minister designate Mustapha Adib pledged to form a ' government of experts' to drive desperately needed reforms in the disaster-hit and economically ailing country. His announcement came after a high-profile visit by Emmanuel Macron during which the French president said political

a man wearing a suit and tie: 'Lebanon doesn't have the luxury of wasting time amid the unprecedented crises that it is going through,' Mustapha Adib said [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters] © [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters] 'Lebanon doesn't have the luxury of wasting time amid the unprecedented crises that it is going through,' Mustapha Adib said [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib has urged political forces in the crises-hit country to cooperate to facilitate the formation of a new government, almost a week after the passing of the deadline agreed with France to name a cabinet.

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Over the past year, Lebanon has been rocked by unprecedented protests calling for an overhaul of the political system, a deepening economic crisis, a surging coronavirus outbreak and a massive explosion that devastated the capital, Beirut.

Following the resignation of the government in the wake of the August 4 explosion, France has been pushing for the quick formation of a new cabinet and has offered to help provide Lebanon with vital aid if its politicians make good on long-overdue reforms.

But its efforts to get Lebanon's fractious leaders to agree on a new government by mid-September in order to start fixing the country's problems have yet to bear fruit.

The cabinet formation process has hit a logjam over the demand of Lebanon's two dominant Shia parties -the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement - to name Shia ministers in the cabinet including the finance minister.

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Lebanon 's prime minister- designate Mustapha Adib on Monday urged competing political forces to step up and help him form a desperately needed Adib 's efforts to form a government have been effectively blocked by the two main Shiite groups in Lebanon 's usual power-sharing arrangement

Adib has urged his colleagues to fulfill a political plan proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who says that Lebanon must carry out reforms if it hopes to secure badly “Any additional delay exacerbates the crisis and deepens it,” the prime minister- designate said in a statement.

"Lebanon doesn't have the luxury of wasting time amid the unprecedented crises that it is going through," Adib, a Sunni Muslim who is backed by former Lebanese prime ministers including Saad Hariri, said on Monday.

Any additional delay would exacerbate the crises, he warned, and would push people towards poverty and the country towards "more deficits".

All parties should cooperate for the formation of a government of technocrats "capable of halting the collapse and starting work to get the country out the crises", he said.

Adib said he would spare no effort "to achieve this goal in cooperation with the president of the republic".

The delay comes as public anger continues to brew over the explosion at Beirut's port, which killed at least 191 people.

For many Lebanese, the disaster resulted from long-standing corruption and ineptitude among a political class that has failed to establish a functioning state or uphold the rule of law.

Adib has been seeking to appoint ministers so they can begin work on a French reform plan.

Reports say he has sought to switch control of ministries, many of which have been held by the same factions for years. But major Shia Muslim and Christian players in the confessional power-sharing system have complained that Adib has not been consulting them.

The French proposals set out milestones for a new government, ranging from resuming stalled talks with the International Monetary Fund to fixing the broken electricity system.

Macron accuses Lebanon’s leaders of ‘betrayal’ for failures .
Macron singles out Hezbollah for criticism and gives Lebanon’s political class four to six weeks to implement road map.At a rare news conference devoted to Lebanon on Sunday, Macron slammed the Lebanese political elite for prioritising their selfish interests over those of their country.

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