Only a couple words were essential for Prime Minister Saad Hariri to declare his resignation, after two weeks of massive protests that rocked Lebanon in the north into the southwest, writes Euronews’ Arabic service writer Samia Mekki.
“I listened to the voice of those people, that is why I resign,” said the embattled Sunni Islamist PM, who confessed he reached a”dead end” while trying to get a remedy to the crisis.
Can this”dead end” Hariri’s particular problem or does it disturb an entire nation? And what next for Lebanon since Hariri was requested by Christian President and Hezbollah ally to make a caretaker government. And how long does this precarious situation survive for?
However, is it sufficient?
They want the death of all of the symbols of their sectarian system in Lebanon, people who’ve mastered the political landscape for a long time.
The association between Saad — that the son of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005 — and Hezbollah hasn’t been eloquent.
Sunni Islamist leader Saad Hariri and the Shia Islamist organization Hezbollah have different strategies when it comes to a lot of problems, especially the latter’s powerful connection with Iran and its participation in the Syrian warfare.
But, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, talking before Hariri stopped, said the resignation of the government wouldn’t bring about the answers which protesters are demanding. A technocrat government, he added, will finally be decried and made to stop.
The presentations provided abundant substance for conspiracy theorists amid accusations that some foreign forces are funding and fuelling the protests. This motivated Hariri’s media office to deny those allegations.
At the very start of their protests, Riyadh issued a warning to the citizens urging them to practice caution and leave Lebanon as soon as possible. Around 870 Saudi nationals have been evacuated up to now from the nation.
At precisely the same time, Tehran stood as a careful viewer of this situation in Lebanon. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif said a couple of days back that his nation stands together with all the Lebanese government and its people to discover a remedy to the crisis with no foreign interference.
Lebanon’s political instability and economic situation
A political vacuum even though momentarily filled using a caretaker government — will cause doubt and increase the pressure on the economy, which can be threatened with collapse.
Lebanon’s public debt is 150 percent of GDP. The nation’s economy is experiencing the effects of fiscal waste and endemic corruption. It’s been drained by years of this war in Syria along with also the burden of refugees who’ve fled the neighboring nation.
It supposed miniature Lebanon is home to the many refugees from the world for a percentage of its general population.
What is next?
A couple of days back, Hezbollah’s Nasrallah and his ally, Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, cautioned against”turmoil and the political stunt” when protests continued.
Nasrallah even evoked the danger of civil war, noting that the nation is a goal of regional and global powers.
Amid Lebanon’s security, economic and geopolitical challenges, questions remain:
Will the new caretaker government withstand the continuing political chaos?
Will there be snap parliamentary elections as required by several politicians in Lebanon, for example, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt?
But, neither elections nor instantaneous palliative financial solutions will be sufficient to ward off the threat.
The demonstrators took to the roads due to financial hardship, the deterioration of the quality of living along with the ancestral system from the nation.
Unless individuals in power supply extreme and non-prosthetic solutions to fulfill the requirements of their road, Lebanon will stay in the eye of this storm and will continue being a struggle for proxy wars.