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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Feb. 21st, 2022

What exactly is happening between Michel Aoun and Najib Mikati?

What exactly is happening between the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister? Apparently, at the very least, things are moving in the right direction, but the whole picture is muddled and interconnected.

On the eve of the legislative elections, President Aoun’s cabinet sought victims, and it could not have found a better individual than Riad Salameh to depict as a victim of popular opinion by requesting his dismissal from the governance of the Banque du Liban. However, the issue is that Najib Mikati does not want this for a variety of reasons and will not accept it. Thus, the cold war between the two men began, which was not and will not be restricted to Salameh, but also included Major General Imad Othman, whom Mikati considers to be a red line.

Mikati could not be lenient in the subject since the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces has its own privacy and symbolism within the Sunni population, therefore he established his permanent policy. As a result, the Lebanese are in for a hectic and sensitive week. What happened to the subpoena issued by Ghada Aoun against Major General Othman? Will he appear before Mount Lebanon’s first investigating judge, or will he disappear?

The outcome will most likely be the same. Neither the Minister of Interior nor the security and judicial agencies prosecuting Othman are ready to provide authority to prosecute Othman. Will Aoun remain silent over his second loss in less than ten days? Would a powerful president be content to become a symbol of weakness and incapacity to carry out any decision?

  • Sawt Beirut International