Lebanon: The presidential vacuum continues amid the absence of consensus among political forces

Lebanon is floundering in the labyrinth of the presidential vacuum, which is about to complete the first year with a vacancy for the position of the President of the Republic since the end of the term of former President Michel Aoun in late October, while the country is suffering from severe economic, social and political crises that threaten the ability of the Lebanese to withstand, amid the division of the political forces that make up Parliament over the name of the President. next to the country.

The Lebanese journalist and political analyst believes George El-Akouri, that The eligibility for the presidency of the republic has become linked to the cessation of Hezbollah, the Amal movement, and the axis of opposition from intransigence, and the insistence on supporting their candidate, Suleiman Franjieh, for the position.

Al-Akouri told Al-Dustour that Franjieh had no luck. Because in the last session of Parliament, he won fewer votes than Minister Jihad Azour, and as a matter of Christian representation, his presence is very weak, and his “Marada” movement won only one seat in Parliament, while the Lebanese Forces Party achieved 19 seats.

The Lebanese political analyst added that the Kataeb party won 4 deputies, in addition to the fact that the majority of Christian deputies are not with Franjieh, as the man boasts that he is part of the axis of resistance, and the group that has ruled Lebanon since the Taif Agreement, and he does not have the experience necessary for the presidency of the republic, and Hezbollah must stop For intransigence as if he had kidnapped the country.

Al-Akouri pointed out that one of the bad and sad points is that Lebanon is coping with all the circumstances it is going through, and as usual today it is coping with the vacuum with its tragic repercussions that accelerate collapse and explosion.

Since the summer of 2019, Lebanon has witnessed an accelerating economic collapse, the worst in the country’s history, exacerbated by the Beirut port explosion in August 2020, and measures to confront the Corona virus, while the struggle over shares and influence between political forces prevents the election of a new president to succeed Michel Aoun.

In a previous report, the World Bank suggested that this economic and financial crisis is among the ten most severe crises, and perhaps one of the three most severe crises, worldwide since the mid-nineteenth century.

The World Bank warned that in the face of these enormous challenges, the continued failure to implement rescue policies, in the absence of an executive authority that performs its full functions, threatens the already deteriorating social and economic conditions and the fragile social peace.

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