| 18 October 2021, Monday |

Mikati’s third government : Easiest formation, easiest downfall!

Everything on the horizon indicates that Prime Minister Mikati’s cabinet has truly fallen apart, but there is still one step to be taken: “the act of resignation.”

The following are signs of resignation:

Beirut Port Blast case and the Judicial Investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, were not a point inserted in the Cabinet’s session that was held on Monday. The President of the Republic has the only authority to introduce any issue that is not included in the agenda, as stipulated by the Constitution and the Law. The truth is that one of the Amal Movement’s two ministers made a motion outside of the agenda, requesting that Judge Bitar be dismissed. No request was made by the President of the Republic.

When one of the Shiite duo’s ministers dares to bring up an item that isn’t on the agenda and neither the President of the Republic nor the Prime Minister can prevent him, it indicates that “Hezbollah and Amal” are essentially running the cabinet session, breaching the constitution and laws. Is there a better reason than this to believe that Prime Minister Mikati’s third government has underperformed ?

One of the “signs of the collapse” is that what the Hezbollah-Amal pair is requesting is a clear violation of the separation of powers concept, because Judge Bitar’s removal is the responsibility of the Supreme Judicial Council, not the Council of Ministers!

Where is Prime Minister Najib Mikati in the midst of this scandal? What is the point of remaining silent?

Prime Minister Mikati’s government’s “third collapse” has revealed a new “Blocking two-thirds” during the cabinet meeting on Monday: one for the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, for which Prime Minister Mikati was blamed, but he did not take any action, and the other for the Hezbollah duet. Not to mention the “Amal” movement, who threatened to cause obstruction for the first time if Judge Bitar’s case was not examined. He succeeded in disrupting the meeting, which was rescheduled from Monday to Tuesday.

The most serious of these three failures is that what happened from Monday to today has demonstrated, once again, that Hezbollah has executive authority and that Prime Minister Najib Mikati cannot, or perhaps does not want, to challenge him since he imposed his terms.

Recent local developments are occurring publicly and flagrantly, not only for the Lebanese, but also for the world community. How can this government, which is “controlled” by Hezbollah, negotiate with the International Monetary Fund and start reforming and eradicating corruption?