In an interview with Al Jadeed, MP Salim Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) claimed that the Lebanese people will deeply regret the end of President Michel Aoun’s term.
He said, “You will weep blood when the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, leaves the Baabda Palace,” adding that since the beginning of his term “there were plans to strike him.”
When asked about FPM’s responsibility in the Energy Ministry, which FPM has controlled since 2008, Salim Aoun argued that his party did not fail, citing that it is the government’s responsibility to provide electricity for its citizens.
It is not a new characteristic among officials in Lebanon to deny their failures and redirect the blame to others. However, Salim Aoun’s comments still came as a shock to many as they hold FPM responsible for the economic crisis and the lack of power supply.
Since 2008, the FPM-run energy ministry has failed to supply most regions in Lebanon with more than one hour of electricity per day out of the 24 promised by the FPM.
The Lebanese people deem this presidential term as the harshest they have lived in recent history, as showcased by statistics and numbers.
Lebanon is most likely going to face a presidential vacancy after President Aoun’s term ends unless the opposition and the pro-government parties can agree on a neutral president.
There is also the issue raised by the Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, who stated that there won’t be a vote for a new president until Lebanon agrees to the IMF conditions.
As for the Maronite Patriarch Al-Rahi, he has reportedly named his preferred candidates for the presidential seat.
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