Lebanon ever closer to total collapse
Beirut, (Prensa Latina) Lebanon is heading towards an announced total collapse driven by differences between the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, and the designated prime minister, Saad Hariri, on how to setup a government, according to observers.
Neither of the two officials charged with nominating the government line-up is giving up their positions, despite the consequences for a deteriorating economy and social instability.
The formation of the Executive, already stalled due to disagreements between the President and the Prime Minister, got bogged down after a video was leaked in which Aoun described Hariri as a liar.
Chances of advancing depended on consensus between the rival parties to soften their positions.
Hariri has attempted to install an 18-ministry cabinet made up of apolitical experts and then implement reforms that unlock financial aid from the international community since his appointment on October 22nd.
But so far he has failed owing to a dispute with Aoun over who appoints the ministers and who controls two key ministries of the Interior and Justice.
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