US News Lebanon-Hariri renounces forming a government, the crisis worsens

06:30  16 july  2021
06:30  16 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Lebanon - crisis / (photo, TV): Lebanon-Hariri gives up to form a government, the crisis worsens

(repetition of a dispatch published Thursday , Adds Us)

by Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam

Beirut, July 16 (Reuters) - Saad Hariri said Thursday he renounced to form a government in Lebanon because of insurmountable disagreements, in his eyes, with the President Michel Aoun, extending a political impasse that aggravates the financial and social crisis in which the country has been plunged for months.

The designated prime minister made this announcement at the end of an interview, barely 20 minutes, with the head of state, highlighting the differences that have had the formation of a new government for months. and the establishment of reforms - the conditions required by the international community, including France, to provide Lebanon with aid to get it out of what the World Bank has described as worse recession in modern history.

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Saad Hariri was appointed last October at the post of Prime Minister after the resignation of Hassan Diab as a result of the explosion at the port of the Capitale Beirut, who made hundreds of deaths and devastated part of the capital, On 4 August 2020.

This explosion fueled the distrust of a large part of the population with regard to the political class of Lebanon, accused of incompetence, nepotism and defense of its particular interests at the expense of the general interest.

Thursday, protesters have blocked streets near Beirut's mostly Sunni neighborhoods after this statement, burning bins and tires. Military soldiers were deployed and pulled in the air to try to disperse the crowd, showed television images.

France has been calling for the formation of a new government for months and the implementation of reforms as conditions for unlocking billions of dollars.

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speaking in front of the press at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, denounced the total disability of Lebanese leaders to find a solution to the crisis, calling the renunciation of Saad Hariri of dramatic episode.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the decision taken by Hariri of "disappointing" and urged Lebanese leaders to put aside their differences and to form a government.

compromise impossible

The decision of Saad Hariri, Sunni leader, is the highest point of quarrels with Michel Aoun, Maronite Christian combined with Shiite Hezbollah movement. The two men mutually rejected the fault of this failure.

"You can not ask me to do my best while another does not want to sacrifice anything at all," said Saad Hariri in a local television interview Al Jadeed, several hours after the announcement of his decision.

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He added that Michel Aoun had insisted on having a blocking minority, regardless of the composition of the government, and that it was a major blocking point.

At the end of the meeting with the head of state, the designated Prime Minister stated that it was "obvious that we will not be able to hear us". "That's why I reject for the formation of a government," he said, before adding: "God to help Lebanon".

According to his version of their interview, Michel Aoun told him that they could not reach a compromise.

In a statement later published by the Presidency, Michel Aoun said Saad Hariri had not been willing to discuss the slightest change to the government proposal he had submitted the day before.

The head of state reported that he had proposed to the Prime Minister appointed to reflect a day more, which the latter refused.

The Michel Aoun's service release specifies that it will organize at the earliest parliamentary consultations.

No personality obviously extinguishing to try to form a government, task returning to a Sunni according to the denominational sharing of positions in Lebanon, the withdrawal of Saad Hariri risks delaying a little more the implementation of reforms.

The Lebanese currency has lost more than 90% of its value in less than two years, making it up a large part of the population into poverty on the background of general shortages in everyday life. (Writing of Beirut, written by Maha el Dahan; French version Bertrand Boucey, Jean Terzian and Camille Raynaud)

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