| 13 April 2024, Saturday |

Did the cabinet abandon the electricity sector during appointments at Lebanese University?

“If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours,” is a slogan embraced by all officials in every single step or measure they take, the most recent of which being the new appointments to senior positions in ministries, departments, and the Supreme Judicial Council. Since Judge Roula Gedayel retired, the most recent nomination was for Director General of the Ministry of Justice.

The first part of the appointments bundle represents the Council for Development and Reconstruction, the Higher Judicial Council, and the Lebanese University, because the appointment of a successor meets challenges and is not yet complete.

However, the new appointment does not bode well. The election of Fouad Ayoub’s successor as University President seems to be a true translation of corruption.

Pursuant to Article 10 of the Law, the University President shall be selected from among the three nominees by the University Council. The Cabinet receives the names and issues a decree appointing one of them.

The Deans Council, on the other hand, has been suspended for two years,, and Ayoub has closed the door to Deans Center candidacy.

Thus, after abolishing the League Council’s authority, Ayoub confiscated the League Council and presented 18 selected names to the Minister of Education, who would chose three to be referred to the Council of Ministers.

Five candidates have been floated for the presidency, including three parties from the Amal Movement and Hezbollah, as well as two close allies.

How will the remainder of the appointments be if the university president is elected in this manner? Is this the way reform works?

On the other hand, to avoid any complications with the President’s team, the government will nominate Telecommunications and Civil Aviation sectors as soon as possible, while the authority that rules the electrical sector will be postponed.

Isn’t it urgent to consider the electricity sector, oh government?

As a result, the current appointments have been set in motion, but the tree is only as good as its fruit.

  • Sawt Beirut International