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Offbeat Formation of a government in Lebanon: "the longer we delay, the more the boat sinks" warns Le Drian

22:35  21 october  2020
22:35  21 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Algiers on Thursday, where he should discuss Libya and Mali

 Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Algiers on Thursday, where he should discuss Libya and Mali © STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on April 6, 2019. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Algeria on Thursday, October 15 to take stock of bilateral relations and regional crises, in particular Libya, according to his weekly agenda. Jean-Yves Le Drian , the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Algeria this Thursday, October 15. He should mention Libya and Mali.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Jean-Yves Le Drian. © LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

His appeal comes on the eve of parliamentary consultations organized to appoint a Prime Minister, in a country hard hit by the coronavirus, an economic crisis and the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian on Wednesday asked Lebanon to quickly endow itself with a new government, on the eve of parliamentary consultations organized to appoint a prime minister in a country in the throes of a serious political crisis.

The longer we delay, the more the boat sinks. There is not much time to react. If Lebanon does not carry out the necessary reforms, then it is the country itself that risks dislocation, the minister warned before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

Lebanon initiates consultations on a new Prime Minister

 Lebanon initiates consultations on a new Prime Minister LEBANON-CRISIS: Lebanon initiates consultations on a new Prime Minister © Reuters / DALATI NOHRA LEBANON INITIATES CONSULTATIONS ON A NEW PRIME MINISTER BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday launched further consultations with parliamentarians to try to agree on the appointment of a Prime Minister, nearly a month after the resignation of Moustapha Adib.

The Lebanese population cannot be a victim of the negligence and imperialities of its leaders, added the minister.

Saad Hariri, who has served as prime minister three times, is given as the favorite for the post, while President Michel Aoun's party, the Free Patriotic Movement, opposes his nomination.

The old trends, divisions by clans, by faith have taken over while the urgency is beyond, lamented Jean-Yves Le Drian.

In Lebanon, where the president must be a Maronite Christian, the Sunni Muslim prime minister and the head of the Shia Muslim parliament, the leaders subscribe to endless bargaining to form a government, according to a system imposing a balance between the different communities.

A year ago, Mr. Hariri and his government resigned under the pressure of an unprecedented popular uprising, launched on October 17, 2019 to denounce the entire political class accused of corruption and incompetence.

Lebanon is stuck in an unprecedented economic crisis amplified by the coronavirus and by the huge explosion of August 4 at the port of Beirut , which left more than 200 dead and 6,500 injured and devastated entire neighborhoods of the capital city.

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