Lebanon: PM-designate Saad Hariri resigns as crisis escalates

Lebanon: PM-designate Saad Hariri resigns as crisis escalates


Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, announced this Thursday – shortly after being appointed by President Michel Aoun – that he will form a government of technocrats “quickly” because “time is running out and this is the last chance” to the country.

“I will form a government of non-partisan specialists and I will work to form a government quickly because time is running out and this is the last chance,” he has indicated in a speech to the Hariri nation, which inherits a country mired in a serious economic crisis and a complicated political blockade.

The man who resigned a year ago from the same position that he assumed again this Thursday has promised to implement the articles of the initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron to try to reform the political system that has led the country to its crisis most serious since the end of the civil war in 1990.

The initiative conditions the delivery of financial aid to Lebanon to the fulfillment of a series of demands, among them the prompt formation of a new executive in Lebanon and guaranteeing access to electricity to the population of a country where there are constant power outages.

Third prime minister in a year
“I tell the Lebanese that I am determined to fulfill the promise I made to stop the sinking,” said the new designated prime minister from the Baabda Palace, where this morning 64 of the 120 parliamentarians expressed their support for Hariri in separate ways. meetings with Aoun. The Lebanese chamber consisted of 128 seats, but eight parliamentarians resigned from it in recent months.

The son of the assassinated president Rafic Hariri thus becomes the third prime minister appointed in the last year, after his successor, Hasan Diab, resigned after the great explosion in Beirut on August 4 and Adib did the same to end of September before the obstacles to form a government.

Prime Minister for the third time
Born in April 1970 in Lebanon, Saad Hariri obtained a diploma in International Relations from Georgetown University in the United States in 1992.

Hariri served as prime minister between 2009 and 2011 and was appointed in 2016 to form a government as a consensus candidate to unblock the institutional paralysis caused by disagreements between political forces. His mandate was marked by a strange episode. On November 4, 2017, he unexpectedly resigned during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

He reissued the mandate at the head of government in May 2018, after the parliamentary elections in which his group, Futuro, lost a third of the seats he had won in previous elections.

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