No agreement on Lebanon government after president, PM-designate meet

2021-03-23 07:05:00 AM

Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.

Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.

There was no agreement on a new Lebanese cabinet after a scheduled meeting on Monday between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, dashing hopes for an end to five months of political deadlock and a reversal of the country's financial meltdown.

"This is a catastrophe for the country, we were holding on by a thread but now we’re heading towards a total crash," one official source told Reuters.Hariri said Aoun had insisted on a blocking majority in government for his political allies.

Aoun sent a list suggesting different scenarios for a cabinet of either 18,20 or 22 ministers, with names to be filled in, Hariri said."This is unacceptable because it is not the job of the prime minister-designate to fill forms from someone else or of the president to form a government."

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No agreement on Lebanon government after president, PM-designate meetThere was no agreement on a new Lebanese cabinet after a scheduled meeting on Monday between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, dashing hopes for an end to five months of political deadlock and a reversal of the country's financial meltdown.

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Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.12 May 2021 - 13:13 John Irish and Robin Emmott A demonstrator carries a national flag along a blocked road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships in Beirut, Lebanon, March 2021.12 May 2021 - 13:13 John Irish and Robin Emmott A demonstrator carries a national flag along a blocked road during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardships in Beirut, Lebanon, March 2021.

"This is a catastrophe for the country, we were holding on by a thread but now we’re heading towards a total crash," one official source told Reuters. Hariri said Aoun had insisted on a blocking majority in government for his political allies. Hariri said Aoun had insisted on a blocking majority in government for his political allies. Aoun sent a list suggesting different scenarios for a cabinet of either 18,20 or 22 ministers, with names to be filled in, Hariri said. No names have been discussed and Hungary has publicly denounced EU efforts to pressure Lebanese politicians, but six diplomats and officials said that technical work has now begun on preparing sanctions — “designation criteria” — after EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to take action. "This is unacceptable because it is not the job of the prime minister-designate to fill forms from someone else or of the president to form a government. "This is unacceptable because it is not the job of the prime minister-designate to fill forms from someone else or of the president to form a government." The lack of agreement came after a hint of positivity on Thursday when the two last met and Hariri had said he saw and opportunity to be ceased. Paris says it has already taken measures to restrict entry for some Lebanese officials, for blocking efforts to tackle the unprecedented crisis, which is rooted in decades of state corruption and debt.

.. “The level of impatience with the ruling class is growing.