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Sawt Beirut International’s News Bulletin, Wednesday, June 23, 2021

In today’s news bulletin:

  • Bassil and Hezbollah violate the constitution, and discuss government formation
  • Diesel fuel is running out due to smuggling, and ‘humiliation queues’ are on the rise
  • Subsidies on food has been lifted, and demands for wage correction arise

In depth, there isn’t serious and feasible governmental movement. The prime minister-designate seems comfortable with his situation and with what he has achieved so far, as he traveled to the United Arab Emirates leaving the formation process in the custody of his ally Nabih Berri. Hariri does not trust these days except Berri, as most of his friends and allies betrayed him.

On the other hand, the President of the Republic is besieged politically. He cannot take any step for two reasons, the first is because the designated prime minister is practically outside Lebanon, therefore he cannot hold consultations alone or achieve any progress in the formation process . The second reason is that most of the political parties are not in harmony with the Covenant, especially that his son-in-law Gebran Bassil has opened several battles with most of the political officials in the country.

Thus, instead of being the father-in-law’s backbone and support, Bassil has weakened the covenant to an unprecedented extents.

Amid this political impediment, the news of the meeting between Gebran Bassil and the Head of the Liaison and Coordination Unit in Hezbollah, Wafiq Safa, has arose today. Of course, meetings between Lebanese are welcomed, but what we didn’t understand is how the talks on forming a government has moved from the custody of the two people who are constitutionally and legally assigned, to other people who do not have this authority.

Who said or who accepted that the government formation has become Gebran Bassil and Wafiq Safa’s prerogative? Does the role of the President and the Prime Minister-designate become limited to signing what Amal, the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah, agree on? Who said that Hezbollah wants a government in Lebanon at the time being? If it really wanted this, it could be able to put an end to the battle between his two allies Amal Movement and FPM.

The time for forming a government has not come yet, so adjust your clocks to the timing of the Vienna talks between Iran and America, perhaps the solution will come from there.

  • Sawt Beirut International