Formation of a government in Lebanon: “The longer we delay, the more the boat sinks”, warns Jean-Yves Le Drian
The head of French diplomacy wants the country, mired in a political crisis, to form a government as quickly as possible.
It is akin to a real “pressure blow”. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian asked Lebanon on Wednesday October 21 to quickly endow itself with a new government, on the eve of parliamentary consultations organized to appoint a Prime Minister in a country plagued by 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 reforms that should be carried out, then it is the country itself that risks dislocation. “, warned the minister before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. “The Lebanese population cannot be a victim of the carelessness and imperities of its leaders”, he estimated.
Saad Hariri, who has been prime minister three times, is given as the favorite for the post, while President Michel Aoun’s party, the Free Patriotic Movement, opposes his appointment.
“The old tendencies, the distributions by clans, by faiths have taken over while the urgency is beyond”, lamented Jean-Yves Le Drian. Lebanon is mired 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.