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Jumblatt: The government must be formed in Lebanon in order to obtain financial aid


Lebanese political leader Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, called for an internal and rapid settlement of the governmental crisis in Lebanon, to be carried out by the concerned officials in a manner that leads to the formation of the new government, and so that negotiations can begin with international donor bodies to obtain financial aid that reduces economic and social burdens.

 

"No one thinks about us," Jumblatt said in a speech during his attendance at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Confessional Council of the Druze Community, referring to the retreat of the Arab and international societies from Lebanon and its crises.

He added that if "the major stakeholders" did not settle internally for the governmental crisis, no country, no matter how large, could represent the Lebanese in this matter, stressing that there is no escape from using international institutions, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to obtain funds, and that All of these matters require the formation of the new Lebanese government.

 

He continued, "Today I cannot promise anything ... and I did not take any initiative ... only to invite President Michel Aoun, and I went out to say afterwards the need to settle the crisis ... At the height of the civil war in 1984, we were able to form a government of national accord."

 

He pointed out that negotiating with international donor institutions also requires Lebanon to standardize the financial and economic numbers, pointing out that during the recent negotiation attempts months ago with the International Monetary Fund, Lebanese government officials differed among themselves over the numbers, and the difference between them was billions of dollars.

 

Jumblatt warned that Lebanon is on the verge of a more difficult stage, expressing his hope that the officials will be able to end the governmental crisis soon so that it can benefit "from what remains of the rescue initiative put forward by France to support and support Lebanon."

 

Lebanon has been witnessing a government vacuum for more than 8 months, following the resignation of the government of Dr. Hassan Diab, the Prime Minister, last August 10, due to the repercussions of the devastating explosion that occurred at the Beirut seaport.

 

On October 22, the parliamentary majority in the Lebanese Parliament mandated the leader of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, to lead and form the new government, who in turn presented President Michel Aoun on December 9 last year with a mini-government formation of 18 ministers, stressing that they are all non-partisan specialists (experts). From the "obstructed ministerial third," considering that this matter is the only way to save the country and lift it out of the crises afflicting it, and in a way that makes the Arab and international communities open to Lebanon and help it again.

 

The mediation and endeavors aimed at accomplishing the governmental composition process have not succeeded - so far - in the absence of consensus and the existence of a state of deep-seated disagreement between President Michel Aoun and his successor (the Free Patriotic Movement) headed by MP Gebran Bassil on the one hand, and between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri from On the other hand, the shape, quality and size of the government.

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