| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin for Thursday, July 22, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • Between the petition and those who protect the crime of the era, only few separating days from the first anniversary of the massacre
  • The total darkness has become a reality, no fuel, no credits, no electricity
  • Citizens roam the supermarket with empty baskets and empty pockets

In a country of open crises, anything is possible. No electricity, no petrol, no diesel. In the absence of all energy sources, how do institutions work? How do hospitals last? How do restaurants and hotels hold up? How can the movement remain in a country that relied on summer, tourism, and the fresh dollar from its expatriates, with the decrease in all energy sources and the increase in temperatures? Indeed, we are in hell.

The President of the Republic did was he said. He promised and fulfilled his promise. Thank you, Mr. President. In the midst of this darkness, there is only a single glimmer of hope looming, represented by the possibility of completing the assignment process on Monday, possibly leading to the formation of a government before the fourth of August. Is this possible? According to the optimistic scenarios, Monday will witness the assignment of Najib Mikati to form the government, and Berri and Jumblatt are working for this. Hezbollah does not mind. Saad Hariri cannot say no to his colleague in the club of former presidents. Remains the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces party. The LF party wants a government of specialists, and it cannot support Mikati, while it refused to name Hariri for leading the government. Is it true that a deal was made Gebran Bassil and Mikati that will allow the latter to enter the Serail in return for giving Bassil what he wants? Let’s wait till Monday and see.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives issued a statement defending itself and its failure to pursue the crime of the port, and justifying its efforts to bury the investigation by forming a parliamentary committee to strike the work of the judicial investigator. To the gentlemen of parliament, we say: All this silly talk is useless. Take you hands off the judiciary and lift the immunities of the defendants. This is what is required of you. Do it now. And if you hesitate and delay, the people will have no mercy on you. The people consider you corrupted, and tomorrow you will be seen as participants in the crime by protecting your colleagues and preventing the justice from taking place.

  • Sawt Beirut International