| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Lebanon’s “independent” ministers, controlled by Iran, Syria, Hezbollah

“Independent specialists” was the designation given to government ministers who adopted the slogan “Together to the Rescue.”

Bizarrely, the ministers’ independence was “confirmed” when the Minister of Culture Mortada stood up and raised his voiced, saying: “I am here speaking in the name of Parliament Speaker Berri and Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.”

Judge Bitar is still in his position. Tomorrow you will witness something you will never witness again.” This intimidating tone was not tolerated by the President of the Republic, who walked out of the meeting.

Another minister who is a “independent specialist”: George Kordahi, the Minister of Information, has angered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He refused to apologize when he was asked to do so. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates initiated diplomatic actions, however Minister Kordahi did not surrender, nor resign.

Two “independent specialists” ministers appeared to be more powerful than the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, parties, and movements. Would any reasonable person imagine that two “independent experts” ministries, all the way up to the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, act against the will of the executive power?

In fact, Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government is neither a government of specialists nor an independent government; it is the government of Iran’s “resistance team,” and if that were not the case, the Minister of the Amal Movement would not have dared to stand up and raise his voice, addressing his words to the President of the Republic, under the deafening silence.

And if the government hadn’t been led by the “objection team,” George Kordahi, the Minister of Information, would not have dared not to apologize or resign.

The government is controlled from Haret Hreik, not Baabda or Saraya, and even if duties “on the stage of the government” are granted to this or that authority or this or that minister, the true role and final decision is for the one “hiding behind the curtains”, directing the players from “Harit Hreik” and occasionally stands in front of the crowd to remind them that he is the one who decides:

Hezbollah has decided that cabinet will only convene in the event that Judge Bitar’s issue is resolved.

He decided that the Minister of Information should not resign, his command was fulfilled.

What kind of independent government experts are we talking about?

When President Mikati learned that General Michel Aoun, the President of the Republic, would be attending the Climate Summit, he requested him to lead the Lebanon delegation, which would include space for a meeting with the chiefs of the participating countries.

After what happened, and it was revealed that Mikati’s government was the government of Iran, the goal of Mikati’s meetings vanished, because those who met with him realized, with conclusive proof, that the decision in Lebanon is not with President Mikati, and that there is no point in asking him to fulfill any obligation because he will not be able to do so.

Regardless of whether Kordahi “agrees” to resign. Even if a successor is chosen. The government returns to “ground zero”: What about the cabinet meetings that Hezbollah is preventing because Judge Bitar is not “removed”?

Even without its prime minister quitting, the government has truly switched into a caretaker coma.

  • Sawt Beirut International