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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Aug. 31, 2021

A brief of today’s news bulletin:

  • New victims of Akkar explosion join the convoy of martyrs, SBI reveals the latest investigations
  • Major General Ibrahim intervenes in the process of government formation, the 14th meeting between Aoun and Mikati is suspended
  • Fuel is under the pressure of self-security, municipalities are stone deaf

What happened with Saad Hariri is being repeated with Najib Mikati, and the government that wasn’t formed by Hariri, will probably not be formed by Mikati.

The frequency of visits to Baabda Palace has dwindled drastically, and indirect negotiations have been replaced by direct ones. There are several mediators tasked for this job, while the progress and the positive results are shy. The complications are flared starting from the names of candidates for some ministries, reaching the blocking third.

As long as the situation is the same, is anyone still betting on making difference? Some of them consider that the Director General of General Security’s interference could make some difference, and could lead to the birth of the government. But did we forget that Major General Abbas Ibrahim has intervened during Hariri’s assignment, and his intervention did not lead to any change in the existing equation?

Today the main players are the same, and the arguments as well, so what has changed? Basically, Hezbollah, which rules Lebanon by its command, does not want a government now. He is betting on certain variables, and it is using the government to improve its conditions in the Vienna talks.

Who is more intelligent than the Aoun ally, who is always ready to embrace Hezbollah’s position and give it a Lebanese and even Christian dimension? Thus, the battle has became Christian-Sunni, while the truth is elsewhere entirely.

The battle is between those who want the institutions and the state, and those who want to destroy the institutions and eliminate the state. Therefore, the government will not be formed in the coming future.

Everything said in this context is in vain. The government process is being frozen, while the situation in Lebanon is on fire. Between snow and fire the Lebanese have nothing to do except waiting and being humiliated.

  • Sawt Beirut International