Following the tremendous pressure of the Lebanese street, backed up by massive movements of solidarity from the Lebanese diaspora across the world, on all the government to resign, politicians ruling the country are resisting to abide by the demands of the people. On Sunday, we hear a rather enigmatic statement from Walid Joumblatt, a long-time leader of the Druze Progressive Socialist Party.
According to him, his two Cabinet ministers would remain in their positions unless the government does not legislate the reforms, which, as per him, include abstaining from new taxes and deductions of retirement salaries, and “overspending.”
While the streets are effervescing with high energy, the government doesn’t seem to want to act fast enough. Prime Minister Hariri has promised the public 72 hours for his government to solve the crisis, insinuating a major decision he would take if that is not achieved, which all understood as his resignation.
Today, at night, the 72-hour deadline comes to its end. However, according to an anonymous source to Al-Akhbar news, PM Hariri has reconsidered his intention to resign, encouraged as of yesterday Sunday by western capitals that fear Lebanon will enter into the unknown if he resigns.