For the first time, someone in Lebanon is speaking the language of the people. Lebanon’s former premier Tammam Salam has appealed that politicians need to put aside their differences in order to “save” the crisis-hit country.
Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Salam had a thing or two to teach the generation of politicians who are busy laundering power, at the expense of the common man. Lebanon’s government collapsed as civilians took to streets, demanding change in governance and better living conditions.
Salam has asked politicians to rise above their narrow egos and think of the larger good of the country and quickly come to a solution to form a government. A tug-of-war has begun amongst political parties for power in Lebanon. Salam’s made a formal statement post the announcement by the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Gebran Bassil that his party would not participate in the formation of the next government.
Apparently, the acting PM Hariri does not see eye-to-eye with Bassil who is direct support of Hezbollah. Former MP Faris Saeed is of the opinion that each and every party is running away from taking responsibility of setting things right. “The result is the collapse of the state. Everyone is looking for a scapegoat.”
Things were fine till the civil disobedience leads to Hariri stepping down to prevent any more blood bath. Lebanon is said to be facing an acute economic crisis following weeks of demonstrations throughout the country sparked by the government’s decision to increase taxes in a bid to reduce the deficit in the state budget.
The truth of the matter is that the budget has faced a deficit at the hands of corrupt political leaders in the cabinet that have continued to siphon funds. Protestors have therefore demanded a fresh representation with no links to a previous lot of leaders.
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