| 22 April 2024, Monday |

“Harsh penalties for obstructors… Post-July is not like before.

The scope of search for presidential solutions has become narrow, as each team has presented its proposals and candidates. The opposition team nominated Sleiman Frangieh, the leader of the Marada Movement, but failed to secure his position due to the inability to reach a consensus. On the other hand, the opposition nominated Jihad Azour, but was unable to secure his position due to the obstruction by the Shiite duo, in achieving the required quorum in consecutive sessions. As a result, the presidential file remains trapped in obstruction and procrastination.

As for the French visitor Jean-Yves Le Drian, he arrived as a listener without presenting any solutions and left to consult with French President Emmanuel Macron and inform him of the outcomes of his meetings with Lebanese officials.

According to diplomatic sources, the French President will discuss the outcome of Jean-Yves Le Drian’s consultations with the countries participating in the Quinta meeting. According to Élysée Palace, there has been no change in the Lebanese positions, as each party clings to its proposals, and the situation is likely to further deteriorate.

Diplomatic sources confirm to “Sawt Beirut International” that the French President is extremely frustrated with the stagnation of the presidential file and believes that Lebanon is heading towards further collapse, which Macron does not want. He will discuss with Saudi Arabia and Qatar ways to resolve the current crisis surrounding the presidential file.
The sources state that the latest conclusions reached by the French administration indicate that, given the acute crisis and divisions among Lebanese parties, a new proposal must be put forward that is acceptable to the Lebanese. This is what the French President will call for and promote through Le Drian upon his return in July. However, according to the sources, France insists on achieving consensus, or else there will undoubtedly be forthcoming sanctions, as Lebanon cannot be left in its current state.

  • Sawt Beirut International