He highlights that it is “the most difficult and dangerous stage in the history of Lebanon” The president asks “to act to guarantee the Lebanese their future”
MADRID, Jan. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The new Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hasan Diab, said Wednesday that the country's new Executive “faces a catastrophe” and stressed that the priority will be “to mitigate its impact on the Lebanese.”
In statements offered after the first session of the new Government, which has led to its release, Diab stressed that the country “faces the most difficult and dangerous stage in the history of Lebanon.”
Thus, he said that during the first ministerial meeting, “the need to guarantee stability and restore the confidence of the Lebanese in their State has also been stressed,” as reported by the Lebanese state news agency, NNA.
Diab has also stressed that the cabinet “has stressed the importance of supporting the Army and security forces” and that “democracy is preserved and protected.” “The population is the main source of authority,” he recalled.
“The Lebanese are tired of promises, declarations and plans that remain on paper, while their capabilities are eroded and the hope of a stable homeland that guarantees their future and that of their children dissipates.”
In this way, Diab has defended that “the Lebanese people have the right to cry and demand an end to the fall of the country, while the reform remains a prisoner of tensions.” “We face a financial, economic and social dilemma,” he said.
“Describing the problem may take a long time, but the problems are clear,” he said, while expressing his desire that all ministers “understand the extent of the risks” that the country faces.
“The important thing is to guarantee a stability that preserves the country,” he reiterated, before betting on “treating people's problems with intelligence.” “I hope we can present a different image of the Government,” he added.
Along the same lines, he has opted to work “day and night to achieve the objectives” and has stressed that the new Executive “is not political and, therefore, will not be mired in debates that cause tensions and other useless debates.”
“This Government must be exceptional. In the performance of its ministers, in its action plan, in its achievements and its composition in a single work team, to save Lebanon. We want to work hard and speak little,” he has settled.
For his part, Lebanese President Michel Aoun has acknowledged that the country is going through a “delicate stage” that “requires more effort and work, especially because the government has been trained in very difficult economic, financial and social conditions.”
“It is important to address the economic situation, regain the confidence of the international community in Lebanese institutions and act to guarantee Lebanese their future,” he argued.
In this regard, Aoun has revealed that the authorities “have prepared an economic plan and financial reforms that must be applied and modified by the new Government”, without giving further details.
Finally, he stressed that the new Executive has “a delicate mission” ahead and added that “the confidence of the Lebanese must be restored and work to achieve the objectives to which they aspire.”
Diab announced on Tuesday the formation of the new Government in the midst of the crisis that is going through the country and in the face of opposition from protesters, who have once again carried out mobilizations against the Executive.
The new Executive, who has been agreed after more than three months of negotiations – two to appoint the appointed prime minister and another to negotiate the composition of the Government – will have a total of 20 ministers, including six women.
The president of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, has transferred his support to the Executive, after participating in the negotiations for his formation. “It must prove that it is the Government of all Lebanese,” he said, as collected by the local Naharnet news portal.
“With its competent and specialized ministers, the Government has the capacity to present visions and programs that can be a pillar to overcome the current crisis, on the condition that there is no time to lose,” he said.
THE PROTESTS CONTINUE
Lebanon has been immersed in protests since October 17, with citizens demanding the march of the ruling class, which they accuse of mismanagement and corruption. The demonstrations led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on October 30.
Despite the announcement, protesters have maintained their mobilizations and rejected the composition of the new Government. The protesters, who had claimed a technocrat executive, protest the fact that the ministers were elected by the parties.
Thus, although the new Government does not have prominent politicians in its ranks, it does derive from an agreement between the political formations and with personalities close to the parties, who have had to give them their support for confirmation.
In this regard, many of the new ministers are academics and former ministerial advisors. Among the new faces highlights that of Zeina Akar, who has become the woman in leading the defense portfolio in the country.
The new Executive does fulfill another of the commitments that Diab had adopted, which is the reduction in the number of ministries, for which it has been decided to merge several of them, as is the case of Agriculture and Culture.