Lebanese President Michel Aoun will start the round of contacts with the various parties on Monday to appoint a new Prime Minister to replace Hasan Diab, who resigned along with his entire cabinet after the crisis caused by the January 4 explosions in August Beirut.
The Presidency reported on Friday on the start of talks, during which political formations and independent MPs will move outside Aoun to explain who they think should take the reins at these sensitive moments. According to the Naharnet news portal, Aoun agreed this round with the President of Parliament, Nabih Berri.
Diab resigned on August 10 after anti-government mobilizations escalated following the Beirut explosions that killed at least 180 people and injured more than 6,000. The accident was due to inadequate storage of explosive products and demonstrated the failure of the authorities to take the most basic steps in the country.
The round of political contacts begins the day before French President Emnanuel Macron visits Lebanon again. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Thursday that Lebanon is in danger of “disappearing” as a country if the necessary reforms are not implemented.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has already ruled out as a potential successor to Diab at the head of government this week: “I declare that I am not a candidate for government and call on everyone to withdraw my name from the deliberations on this issue.” The President of Parliament was one of those who stood up for him.