| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

“Sawt Beirut International” news bulletin, Saturday May 9, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • Lifting subsidies exacerbate the markets, and a German report expects famine.
  • Is the early parliamentary elections a solution and what are their consequences?
  • Armed Hassan Duqo terrorize the people of Tafil, with the aim of displacing them.

The atmosphere that dominates the country these days is “collapse”. Financially, the dollar is soaring again without any control, reaching around 13,000 LBP on the black market. Economically, the situation is getting worse, as the crisis is affecting everyone. Threatens of lifting support has created confusion in the market, as well as shortage in some essentials goods.

Even the judiciary was not immune from the repercussions of the collapse, as the Constitutional Council was no longer able to convene (starting yesterday) after the death of a third member of its ten members, as the  required quorum for the meeting is eight. The Supreme Judicial Council will become dissolved late this month as a result of the termination of its seven members.

In light of this total collapse, what does the political class and its pillars do? As usual, they watch the temple collapsing as if they are not responsible, and they try as well to reject their black past that brought us to where we are today.

Saudi-Iranian negotiations in Baghdad will not reach an end tomorrow. Talks regarding the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna will not reach also positive results rapidly. Therefore, what is required is an internal dynamic that takes the government out of its stalemate, and that’s what the French Foreign Minister have insisted on in his recent visit to Beirut. The President of the Republic in the final stage of his reign, only cares about securing the covenant’s mandate for his son-in-law, regardless of the cost. The Prime Minister-designate insists on the assignment paper without really seeking to form a government, because he realizes that any government that will be formed under his leadership in the current circumstances will be a failure.

Can an uncaring president save the country? Can a designate Prime Minister who didn’t make any achievement for 15 years rebuild the republic?

  • Sawt Beirut International