Hezbollah’s close ally and current Foreign Minister, who has long drawn criticism for thwarting rapprochement between Lebanon and its Arab environment, was the subject of a no-confidence motion from rivaling political party Lebanese Forces (LF).
The LF MPs proposed on Thursday a motion to withdraw confidence from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib.
The motion was drafted by an LF legal team and was proposed in parliament by MPs Pierre Abou Asi, Georges Okais, Eddie Abi Lamaa, and Imad Wakim. They asked for a meeting of the parliamentary General Assembly to vote on the draft to revoke Bou Habib’s confidence.
The bloc stated that this act is based on solid grounds that “violations” have been taking place regarding expat voting and offshore election preparations.
According to the right-aligned bloc, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants has been utilizing its foreign missions to either redistribute expat voters according to their own agenda or uphold information about rolls and delegate numbers from other political parties.
While aiming to withdraw confidence from a minister whose party holds the biggest parliamentary coalition – the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) – may be a stillbirth, it may be a whistle blow to draw attention to violations and infringements gnawing the 2022 elections.