Canada Lebanon: the press skeptical after the return of Saad Harriri as head of government

14:15  23 october  2020
14:15  23 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Saad Hariri is due to begin consultations this Friday, October 23 to form a government, after his appointment as Prime Minister the day before. He said he wanted to form a cabinet of "specialists" for a six-month mission, the objective of which is to stop the financial collapse in Lebanon. The press seems to doubt this Friday the rapid formation of the government.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Laure Stephan

Whatever their affiliation, many titles predict a great deal of bargaining. Al-Akhbar, a left-wing daily close to Hezbollah, does not mince words: Saad Hariri says he wants to get the country out of collapse "when he is one of the causes". For this newspaper, the formation of the government will not be easy, and its headline: "Putsch or agreement?

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A year after resigning, Saad Hariri has again been named as Lebanon ’s prime minister and tasked with forming a government that could win critically The return of Hariri , the son of the slain former prime minister Rafi k Hariri , had increasingly been seen as inevitable as the country withered under

Lebanese veteran politician Saad al- Hariri was named prime minister for a fourth time on Thursday and pledged to form a new Lebanon ’s two main Christian blocs did not nominate Hariri . The Free Patriotic Movement, led by Aoun’s Many in Beirut remained skeptical that any change would come.

Al-Akhbar believes that Saad Hariri has two options: either he will seek to marginalize his opponents, at the risk of having to throw in the towel; or he will seek an agreement with the various blocs.

Contrary to the political spectrum, the newspaper Nidaa el-Watan considers for its part that the negotiations will reveal to what extent France is "again involved" in the Lebanese political swamp. One of the political analysts the Daily Star gives the floor to is convinced that there will be no government in Lebanon until the US elections in early November.

"As if fate mocked the Lebanese"

Moreover, the press underlines the timing of Saad Hariri's return: "Exactly one year after he was forced to resign", writes the Daily Star, with reference to the October 2019 wave of protest against the political class. For Nidaa el-Watan, it is "as if fate is mocking the Lebanese". The French-language newspaper L’Orient Le Jour judges that its designation has "a terrible air of déjà vu".

There are still reports in the media that Washington has adopted new sanctions against two senior Hezbollah officials. These measures are part of the strategy of "maximum pressure" of the United States against the pro-Iranian axis. It is impossible to separate what is happening in Lebanon from the great game of regional and international politics.

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