Offbeat Lebanon initiates consultations on a new Prime Minister

14:25  22 october  2020
14:25  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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LEBANON-CRISIS: 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.

Lebanon is waiting for a "mission government" able to tackle essential reforms to hope to emerge from the financial crisis which is hitting it and to tackle the corruption and negligence which have been dramatically brought to light by the catastrophic explosion of August 4 in the port of Beirut.

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Lebanon 's president said on Saturday he will soon set a date for formal consultations with lawmakers to pick a new prime minister following Saad al-Hariri's Prime Minister Hariri resigned on Tuesday after nationwide anti-government protests. The protests have been less intense since he resigned, but

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Moustapha Adib, who had been appointed on August 31, threw in the towel on September 26, believing that it was impossible for him to overcome the rivalries between parties around the allocation of ministries and to form a government.

The consultations launched Thursday by Michel Aoun, a week behind a previous deadline, could lead to the appointment of Sunni Saad al Hariri, former Prime Minister, but there is no guarantee that he will be able to agree with the political forces afterwards Lebanese, indicate sources informed of the ongoing negotiations.

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France, at the forefront of the Lebanese file, keeps calling on the Lebanese political class to "take responsibility" to avoid "chaos and paralysis".

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday started consultations to appoint a new prime minister after Hassan Diab's government stepped down in the wake After talks with the ex- prime ministers , Aoun will hold meetings with the parliamentary factions and then a final decision will be declared.

Lebanon ’s head of state has named a new prime minister in an effort to break a political deadlock that has paralysed the country and left it unable to deal If Diab’s designation is confirmed during a second round of consultations on Saturday, he will need to assemble a cabinet, the form of which is one of

The failure of the Moustapha Adib option was very badly experienced by Emmanuel Macron, who reported, during his second trip to Beirut after the disaster, that the Lebanese political class had made a commitment to him to form a " mission government "for mid-September.

At a press conference organized in duplex between Paris and Beirut the day after Adib's resignation, the French president denounced the "collective betrayal" of Lebanese political parties and pushed back the deadlines, giving officials four to six weeks Lebanese to form a mission government, a period of time between approximately October 25 and November 8.

The release of several billion dollars of international aid essential to get the country out of the economic crisis and ease the pressure on its debt depends on the ability of the Lebanese to endow themselves with a new government.

(Ellen Francis; French version Henri-Pierre André, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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