Beirut: The Lebanese Prime Minister’s tenure lasted almost a month. He tried to form an impartial cabinet and resigned on Saturday. This was a blow to France’s plan to rally cult leaders to resolve the worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Mustapha Adib, former ambassador to Berlin, was picked on Aug. 31 to form a cabinet after President Emmanuel Macron’s intervention secured a consensus on naming him in a country where power is shared out between Muslims and Christians.
A source close to Macron said the situation that led to Adib’s resignation amounted to “collective betrayal” by political parties but said France, the former colonial power, would not abandon Lebanon.
According to France’s roadmap, the new government will take steps to tackle corruption and implement the necessary reforms to generate billions of dollars in international aid to restore the debt-stricken economy.
On August 4, a large-scale explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, devastating the capital, and Lebanon suffered further blows.
Adib – a Sunni Muslim, the prime minister must fall under a sect power-sharing system and announce he will resign, but Lebanon said it must not give up on the French plan or squander Macron’s goodwill.
“I stress that this initiative must continue,” he said after meeting President Michel Aoun, a Christian. He wished his successor well in the “hard task” of forming a government.
Politicians loyal to the line of trust have assured Paris that they will establish a government in mid-September.
But Adib’s efforts are mired in a dispute over appointments, especially for the post of Secretary of the Treasury, which will play a key role in drafting the economic bailout.