Gebran Bassil, head of the Free Patriotic Movement and former Lebanese foreign minister, launched a veiled attack on former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday, for proposing himself to head a government that would support a French initiative to solve the deep economic crisis in the country.
Hariri had begun consultations with the Lebanese President, Parliament Speaker and Lebanese political blocs on forming a government that would implement the road map presented by French President Emmanuel Macron for reforms and the launch of international aid.
He said that his mission is to form a technocratic government that will last for 6 months, to accelerate the implementation of the reform plan drawn up by the Macron Initiative.
During a ceremony held by the Free Patriotic Movement in the Baabda area of the capital, Beirut, Bassil – who is the son-in-law of President Michel Aoun – said that “we do not know if the French President Emmanuel Macron appointed anyone to oversee his initiative (to address the political and economic crises in Lebanon), and he is examining the blocks to see The extent of its commitment to the initiative. “
Criticism and effort
Basil continued his criticism of Hariri by saying that whoever wants to head a government of specialists (technocrats) must be the first specialist, or he should step down to another specialist.
He believed that the struggle for power and fear of the other is great, to the point that the two parties are ready to miss the opportunity to save the country in exchange for a gain by preserving their positions in the system.
Aoun will hold formal consultations on Thursday regarding the nomination of a prime minister, to form a new government to replace the government of Hassan Diab, which submitted its resignation two months ago after a huge explosion that damaged large areas of the capital Beirut and killed 200 people.
Lebanon is facing its worst financial collapse since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Foreign donors have made clear that there will be no new aid unless Lebanese leaders initiate reforms to address corruption problems, improve governance, and enter IMF negotiations.