Many political conflicts resulted in this delay; again. Berri wanted a government of 20 members, which allows him to fit a minister close to the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt. On the other hand, Hassan Diab insisted on 18.
Plus, the head of the Democratic Party, MP Talal Arslan, insists that his representative be granted the Ministry of Industry, which Jumblatt also wanted.
As for Franjieh, and as he previously expressed in a tweet, he demanded a share of two ministers.
So, this governmental obstruction came from more than one side, and all for religious, sectarian, and political parties’ purposes.
That unacceptable delay due to political parties’ conflicts validates further the demands of the Lebanese people to end political sectarianism and all political parties.
MP Assaad Hardan demands the rights of the Syrian National Social Party, and Sleiman Franjiyeh wants a proper representation for The Marada Movement and the National Bloc.
From his side, MP Talal Arslan wants to preserve the position of the Druze sect, and the Roman Catholic community wants equality with both Armenians and the Druze. It is a spiral, it turns and it turns, and each time it is back to square one.
For a moment, they had us believe that all issues in the formation of a government were over, that the agreement was achieved, and that all the names supported by the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Bassil were agreed upon, and there was not one problem left.
However, even before that government formation was crushed from the inside, it was rejected by the Lebanese people of the revolution.
The list of members was almost immediately unaccepted and criticized for totally disregarding the people’s demands in a revolution that is now three months old.
As promised in the agenda of Anger Week, a general strike has been declared to start on Friday, several marching protests and sit-ins are being planned, including blocking main roads, “overthrowing” the Serail in Tripoli, and so on.