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Sawt Beirut International News Bulletin – May 3, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • Canada reveals a new fraud by Hezbollah in drug smuggling and money laundering
  • Lebanon and Israel toward resuming demarcation negotiations without amending Decree 6433
  • A problem with the electricity loan … and Lebanon is facing a new threat of darkness

The country is on the edge politically, economically and on the security level. In politics there is no government and everyone is waiting for the French Foreign Minister to build on its requirements. It is clear that Jean-Yves Le Drian has no solutions. Rather, a package of sanctions will be imposed on two political factions in Lebanon: Whoever obstructs the formation of the government and whoever participates in activities and businesses smells of corruption. In both cases, no significant progress can be made. So what President Macron personally failed to do in the French initiative, how will the Minister of Foreign Affairs succeed in it? And when the alternative succeeded where the inherent failed? In addition, the regional situation was unchanged and did not move a single step forward. And if the atmosphere has become better and ready for solutions. Therefore, waiting will remain the master of the governmental situation while the situation continues to deteriorate, especially at the economic-social level. In this particular context, insiders confirm that the delay in forming the government may be one of the reasons for the reluctance of the Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, to grab the fireball represented in removing support for basic needs that affect the citizen in his daily life.

On the other hand, it seems that the resigned prime minister does not want to take such a decision, considering that the political class has abandoned him, so why should he bear the consequences of its actions and its bad and corrupt economic performance that brought the country to a disaster? Thus, between a resigned government that is not activated and a government expected that does not form, the economic situation plunges further and the country is rapidly moving towards the unknown.

On the security level, what Interior Minister Mohamed Fahmy said yesterday as he inspected the borders in the north and east is both funny and sad. Fahmy denied, based on security reports, that Hezbollah had any connection to the Captagon shipment. Would Fahmy be kind enough to reveal who protect the drug manufacturers and drug promoters in the Bekaa, and whoever secures the smuggling route from Syria to Beirut port? Assuming that Mr. Fahmy convinced us of his unconvincing proposition, can he convince the Arab countries, especially the Gulf states, of the validity of his theory?

  • Sawt Beirut International