Lebanon, what happens after the resignation of the Diab government

Lebanon, what happens after the resignation of the Diab government

Premier Diab evoked the metaphor of the "earthquake", which forced him to "take a step back, to unite us all with the people". The summary of the political situation in Lebanon

Crisis, confusion and stalemate in Lebanon. after the resignation of the government.

“What happens now? Nobody knows, absolutely nobody. There are maneuvers already set up by every political group, by every single aspirant to a piece of Lebanese power. And then there are the external players, the United States and France on one side; Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and even Russia in no particular order ”.

According to Repubblica's envoy Vincenzo Nigro, this is the scenario that opens in Lebanon after the resignation of the Lebanese government of Hasan Diab, strongly supported by the pro-Iranian Hezbollah.

“Diab falls under the double final blow of the explosion in the port on August 4th and the street protests of the last three days. The same protests that began in October had already brought down the previous government, that of Saad Hariri, the Sunni son of billionaire Rafiq killed by the Syrians with a bomb in 2005 ”, writes Nigro.

The premier himself evoked the metaphor of the "earthquake", which forced him to "take a step back, to unite us all with the people". A speech delivered as people's anger continued, for the third consecutive evening. in the area of ​​Piazza dei Martiri and the super-protected streets of Parliament.

The Diab government – the fourth in four years – has always been under siege, physically, from a square in revolt since last October. And this in the context of an unprecedented socio-economic crisis, aggravated by the Covid pandemic, and marked by financial collapse. Diab itself had to announce, last March, the default of the Lebanese system.

“Backed by an alliance of the Shiites of Hezbollah and Amal with President Aoun's Christians, the government had sectarian and political groups in opposition that have been fully part of the partition system in 30 years. The Druze of Jumblatt, the Christian-Maronites Gemayel and Geagea have been in power for years, now they are firing on the fallen government. All together, in a continuous role-playing game. With only one constant difference: the continuous, progressive growth of Hezbollah's political-military weight and role ”, reads Nigro's correspondence from Beirut.

Squeezed under pressure from the powerful Association of Banks, the Central Bank and various political-confessional parties, including Hezbollah, Diab did not complete any of the points promised in the program, much less managed to enter into serious negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

Ansa summarizes: “The country is now in disarray. The square is in revolt. And the dead of August 4 are more than 200 (we are talking about 220) even if the count still lacks dozens of missing. It is the most serious toll of the last 37 years. Diab was to receive the first report from the government investigation in the last few hours. But no dossier arrived on his table. The practice was passed to the High Court of Justice ”.


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/libano-che-cosa-succede-dopo-le-dimissioni-del-governo-diab/ on Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:30:07 +0000.