Lebanon’s grand mufti, the best cleric for Sunni Muslims, called on Saturday for its formation of a new crisis government of technical specialists and also for people in power to fulfill protesters’ requirements.
The nation is in economic and political chaos following three months of nationwide protests that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign last week.
“The time has come to fit the people’s needs and the federal free will which governs sects, political parties, and areas,” Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian stated in a televised address on the event of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.
“The time has arrived and is opportune, following this federal wake-up telephone, for its reform process to start and also for people in power to make an emergency government composed of capable men and women, without delay,” Derian explained.
It’s time” to immediately proceed with carrying out the reform package prepared by Prime Minister Hariri to fix the nation’s issues”, he further added.
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Lebanon’s leading Christian spiritual jurisdiction, has also called for a change from the government to add qualified technocrats.
Before he resigned, Hariri agreed a package of reforms with partners in the coalition government geared toward easing an economic meltdown that ignited the unprecedented protests from the ancestral ruling elite.
The programs included a 50 percent decrease in the wages of former and current officials and $3.3 billion in donations from banks to accomplish a”near-zero deficit” for its 2020 budget.
But Lebanese politicians have to make progress towards agreeing a new government to replace one which has been toppled.
The nation’s power-sharing system relies on 18 recognized spiritual sects and dates back to French colonial rule. It allocates articles for all the nation’s communities, forming the foundation of its major political parties and creating a delicate equilibrium between Christians, both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims and other teams.