Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will visit Pope Francis on April 22. He would thus have informed the apostolic nuncio Mgr Joseph Spiteri of his next visit to the Holy Father, in accordance with his request.
As a reminder, the Pope had sent “an urgent invitation” to Saad Hariri on Monday, April 5, to discuss with him the crisis currently going through the Land of Cedars.
Un pays sans gouvernement alors que la crise économique le touche de plein fouet
Lebanon has been without government since the resignation, on August 10, of outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
The formation of a new government is considered as one of the preconditions for the relaunch of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund in order to obtain the release of financial aid from the international community in the face of the economic crisis that Lebanon is going through.
Following Mustafa Adib’s failure to form a cabinet, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned following major protests in October 2019, was tasked with forming a new government in October 2020.
In an attempt to unblock the situation, the former prime minister promised the Amal movement to allocate the portfolio of the finance ministry to a member of the Shiite community. He also reiterated that Lebanon could do without a state of default, denying the gravity of the economic crisis, however, experienced by the population, with 55% of it now living below the poverty line.
However, Saad Hariri’s proposals for an 18-member cabinet clash with the Presidency of the Republic, who points out that if the Shiite and Sunni communities choose their representatives, the Christian representatives in the new cabinet would also be chosen by the former. designated minister. General Aoun de facto considers that the current proposals of the Prime Minister contravene both the Lebanese constitution and the national pact.
The latter, for his part, accuses the head of state of wanting to obtain a blocking third party within his new cabinet.