In a televised speech, on the occasion of the Day of Resistance and Liberation, the Speaker of the Lebanese Chamber of Deputies, Nabih Berri, warned about the ongoing crises that could ultimately bring the whole country down.
Without urgent and concrete political initiatives, Lebanon will eventually succumb to the crisis that has lasted for more than seven months, according to Nabil Berri who called for freeing Lebanon “from personal interests, freeing it from sectarian hatred and communitarianism by establishing a civil state, voting a new electoral law, and creating a Senate.”
It is worth noting that in the light of the Lebanese political blockage, France has put in place restrictive measures regarding access to its territory against people involved in the blockage in corruption. Last April, several diplomats had said that the European Union (EU) and France were discussing additional sanctions against some Lebanese officials but to no avail.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is still unable to form a new government team because of the disagreement with President Michel Aoun.
Damaged by COVID-19 and the explosion in the port of Beirut last August, the Lebanese crisis is increasingly worrying the international community and international financial institutions, which keep calling for an urgent political solution.
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