| 28 February 2024, Wednesday |

Hariri from Dar al-Fatwa: Lebanon is witnessing political, economic deterioration every day

Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Saturday took part in the meeting of the Supreme Sharia Council at Dar Al-Fatwa, following a closed meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian.

The Council members tackled the latest political developments and general conditions in the country, and drew emphasis on the cabinet formation file.

Following the meeting, Hariri told reporters: “I came to Dar Al-Fatwa and met with the Sharia Council and explained to His Eminence the Mufti and the Council members what happened with me during the past 7 months.”

“A constructive and significant dialogue took place during the meeting,” Hariri said.

He added that “Lebanon is witnessing political and economic deterioration each day…and what matters to us in the end is the country.”

Lebanon’s financial crisis, which erupted in 2019, has wiped out jobs, locked people out of their bank deposits and raised the risk of widespread hunger.

The crisis was compounded after a large explosion, caused by improperly stored ammonium nitrate, occurred at the Port of Beirut, prompting Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government to step down. However, it has stayed on in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.

But prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri is at loggerheads with President Michel Aoun and has been unable to form a new government to carry out much needed reforms to unlock international aid since his nomination in October.

  • Lebanese National News Agency