Beirut: The appointment of the Lebanese Prime Minister will start negotiations on the formation of a crisis government within two weeks to begin urgently needed reforms in the affected country.
The establishment of a government is usually a long process in the multi-repentant Lebanon. In this process, the complex political system seeks to share power among different religious groups.
But the traumatic explosion at the port of Beirut last month has put tremendous pressure on rapid reforms, and rapid reforms are needed to free the country from the worst economic crisis in decades.
After the explosion on August 4 killed at least 188 people, injured thousands and wasted waste throughout the capital, the previous government has resigned since it came to power early this year.
With the clock ticking, prime minister designate Mustapha Adib was to meet the parliament speaker, former prime ministers and parliamentary bloc representatives.
Lebanese legislators rushed to approve the nomination of the little-known 48-year-old diplomat on the eve of French President Emmanuel Macron’s high-profile visit to China.
Macron visited on Tuesday to commemorate the centenary of the former protectorate of France. He said that all parties have pledged to help Adib to form a cabinet within two weeks.
He promised to hold two meetings in Paris in the second half of October, one to help increase aid and the other to discuss political reforms.
He said he will return to Lebanon in December to obtain a progress report.
The embassy said that David Schenker, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, will be held in Lebanon on Wednesday, “urging Lebanese leaders to implement reforms in response to the Lebanese people’s desire for transparency, accountability and a corruption-free government.”
Since October last year, there has been a protest movement on the streets, demanding the removal of political elites, but the movement has rejected Adib’s nomination.
Hundreds of people protested on Tuesday night, demanding that the secular state replace the decades-old sectarian system, and clashes broke out between some demonstrators and security forces that night.
Lebanon’s worst economic contraction since the civil war in 1975-1990 doubled the poverty rate to more than half of the population, soared prices and trapped people’s savings in banks.