When Hariri was designated prime minister, the Lebanese pound significantly rose against the dollar, a fluctuation we see with every political event in the country.
However, the first indications are that Hariri’s government may not bring the expected changes.
Local media report that certain politicians are already choosing their ministries. Knowing how these are usually “imposed” by the parties, there is a justifiable doubt about a government being formed of “nonpartisan specialists.”
The health ministry will remain with Hezbollah, also according to Al-Jarida, but the health minister will be a specialist, allegedly not a party member.
On Monday, Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea said that he sees no hope in the upcoming government, based on the way it’s being formed.
“It seems that there is no hope in this government, because its formation has started by promising the Shiite duo and the Progressive Socialist Party that they would be granted certain portfolios,” he said in a radio interview.
Geagea said that in the best-case scenario, Hariri’s government will look like Hassan Diab’s, and called it “a waste of time.” As seen, Diab’s government only took the country into a deeper crisis.
Geagea was among those who opposed Hariri’s PM-designation because he said that it will lead nowhere so long as the “ruling trio” was in charge, referring to the Free Patriotic Movement, Amal Movement, and Hezbollah.
In summary, the unfurling scene of appropriations of power-seats by political parties promises a persistence of the country’s undesirable status quo and… the fueling of the revolution of the people refuting that same and neverending status quo.
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