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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin – Sep. 2nd, 2021

Would a corrupt cabinet achieve reforms?!

In the next two days, unless a miraculous event occurs, there will be no government. Sources close to Prime Minister-designate, Najib Mikati, told Sawt Beirut International that the cabinet formation has become more likely than ever before, however, still going in the one and only direction: the blocking third. Whatever is stated or reported, the President of the Republic will not tolerate a government that does not exercise control over its decisions, even adversely, through the blocking third. Najib Mikati, on the other hand, does not view himself as having an interest in creating a government whose decisions would be questioned on every important issue.

As a result, the cabinet is still caught in a bottleneck, and Major General Abbas Ibrahim will proceed with his visits. A question emerges in this context: the constitution states unequivocally that the government is constituted in consultation between the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister. Now why are they using mediators to interfere and consider the obstacles ? At first, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, then, the Attorney at-Law, Carlos Abou Jaoudeh.

The anticipated government, on the other hand, would comprise four to five judges, some of whom have retired and others who are still serving. Isn’t it true that the ministerial judges pledge loyalty to the political parties that name the ministers and consider them their share? Now this is an example that directly impacts the judiciary’s independence.

Is the judge being rewarded rather than punished for his participation with a political party with a cabinet position? It is, without a doubt, a comedy among many in this country. Who would dare to think that the incoming government will be reformist? How can reform be done if the basis is dysfunctional?

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