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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Monday, June 28, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • The latest novelty to form a government is four sixes instead of three eights
  • Chaos in fuel market, popular explosion is approaching
  • Power generators are turned off in some districts, and total blackout looming

It is an obvious victory for independents against political parties. This is how we can describe what happened yesterday at the Order of Engineers in Beirut. The engineers said شloud “no” against the ruling regime and declared their rejection of the fait accompli imposed on them and on citizens.

Of course, the elections have took place amid huge economic and political collapse and this has contributed in achieving these remarkable results. Citizens are living their worse moments and they hold political parties responsible for the deterioration happening on all levels.

However, it is crucial to preserve this achievement and continue this step in the second round of elections that will take place on July 8 and 10. The unity and cohesion of the independents is essential to avoid losing what has been achieved.

Politically, there isn’t any new developments. The four-six formula, which was reportedly promoted in closed meetings, does not seem to be accepted by the concerned parties. Sources confirmed to Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that the suggested formula is not serious, so it totally failed.

The Prime Minister-designate will return to Beirut in the next two days, and most likely he will visit Ain al-Tineh first then Baabda, carrying a final proposal for government formation. The new proposal either will be accepted and signed by the President of the Republic, or it will be rejected, so we go back to the starting point.

Will the coming hours hold any good news at the governmental level, or the circulated news is an exaggerated optimism without being based on real data?

The sole constant reality is that the economic and living situation is getting worse day after another, and the fireball is rapidly rolling over the Lebanese. Which event will precede the definite popular explosion or the possible political breakthrough?

  • Sawt Beirut International