“An-Nahar”: a political impasse and the escalation continues… and the demarcation is at a serious crossroads

The internal situation is descending into an era of alarming ambiguity amid an unbreakable political deadlock, as evidenced by the long-standing estrangement between President Michel Aoun and interim prime minister Najib Mikati, who has his adjacent capacity set aside, that is. , the president-elect, after the possibilities of forming a new government had almost disappeared under the weight of The deep differences between the two presidencies and the almost complete breakdown in coordination between the three presidencies. The convening of the General Assembly of the House of Representatives in a legislative session today will only be an additional indication of the intensification of the need to normalize the conduct of business in all directions, knowing that the session will not lead to “miracles ” will not lead. due to the absence of the basic bills required of the International Monetary Fund, with the exception of the confidentiality bill Even if approved, the delay in the approval of other reform projects related to the general budget project, the capital control project, the restructuring of the banking sector project and the financial recovery plan would mean further exposure of Lebanon’s credibility regarding its international commitments, which it has often promised to implement orally and none of which has subsequently been translated.

However, the internal complications are not limited to the repercussions of the alienation between officials and the impunity that characterizes most sectors and state institutions, but the escalation of tension and political tension and the reaching of a dangerous level of political and media tension, and even sectarian. in some aspects, serious concerns about stability have begun to arise in recent days. The political, and even the security stage is fraught with fatal claims, of which the presidential election is the main one, since the fate of the maritime delimitation file of the border between Lebanon and Israel has been decided , who will return to confront developments at the end of this month with the new visit of the American mediator in the file of delimitation of the sea border between Lebanon. And Israel, Amos Hochstein to Beirut, amid estimates that do not exclude that Hochstein carries serious data in the file of demarcation and gas extraction by transferring it to the Lebanese side. The tension related to the issue of Archbishop Musa al-Hajj has not subsided, but the verbal, media and political escalation has continued in this regard, which seems to be the case that the explosion of this file will expand in its background aspects to the climate of presidential elections and perhaps beyond, giving rise to increasing concern and arising from the climate of sectarian mobilization which appears that its ignition was deliberate and intended for purposes that will be revealed to its owners by the failure of the pressure exerted on the Maronite Church. to withdraw in this file, and to succumb to what is included in an alleged legal framework, while this case is intended to be a factor of targeting, weakening and blackmailing the Maronite Patriarchate and many sovereign powers under the pressure of treason At the beginning of the countdown to the presidential election.

The Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, spoke on the “Al-Mayadeen” station at night and discussed the demarcation file. He accused the Lebanese state of being “unable to take the appropriate decision that protects Lebanon and its wealth, and therefore the resistance is obliged to take this decision.” And he threatened that “if the extraction of oil and gas from Karish starts in September, before Lebanon takes its right, then we are going to a problem.” He also threatened that “there is no Israeli target on sea or land that the resistance’s precision missiles cannot reach”. Nasrallah declared: “We are ready to bring in Iranian fuel for free as a gift if the Lebanese state accepts it.”

In the case of Archbishop Musa Al-Hajj, Nasrallah said: “I say to all the Lebanese people, especially the Christians, that Hezbollah has nothing to do with the case of Archbishop Musa Al-Hajj, and we will not interfere in it not. “

Amidst these hot climates, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati met yesterday at the headquarters of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Yoana Frontka, who announced after the meeting, “I came to inform President Mikati about the meeting of the Security Council. , which was held in New York on July 21, where I gave a presentation on the developments in Lebanon. To say that the atmosphere in the Security Council was positive, and the members of the Council welcomed the achievement of economic and support social reforms in Lebanon, the formation of a government as soon as possible and respect for the constitution, and at the appointed time the election of a new president who supports stability in Lebanon and the interests of the Lebanese.

Geagea… and Siniora

Regarding the repercussions of the case of Archbishop Hajj, the most prominent position yesterday, the day after the fiery sermon of Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Ra’i, at the head of the “Lebanese Forces” party # Samir Geagea, who launched his fiercest attack, the government commissioner at the military court, judge Fadi Akiki, described him as a “traitor” and called on his trial by Sonder to provide his attack “who is behind” Akiki. Geagea regretted, “because we have reached a stage where a metropolitan attached to the largest churches in Lebanon is treated like a thief caught in flagrante delicto. Therefore, it is necessary to raise the issue with him before the bishop be arrested.” When Judge Fadi Akiki described “the traitor and those behind him are more traitors than him because no person with an iota of reason and logic acts in this way,” Geagea expressed his regret at the presence of a president of the Republic which considers that exposure to one of the Maronite Archbishops, who especially belongs to B churches, outside He expresses his powers at a time when he interferes with the delivery of the last employee if he wants to appoint him. He pointed out that “the ruling group, consisting of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement and their allies, have great political intentions, not premeditated, aimed at seizing the country in different ways.”

As for the other prominent position, it was issued by President Fouad Siniora, who broke his silence on this file and in turn violently attacked “Hezbollah” without mentioning it. He pointed out that there is a “Lebanese party – with external support – that wants and is working to overthrow the social contract between the Lebanese on the basis that Lebanon is a sovereign, free, independent homeland, a final homeland for all his children, with Arab identity and belonging, and that this party sometimes accuses an entire sect of terrorism and other times accuses another entire sect of collaboration, and puts itself in a position to distribute certificates of patriotism. And he stressed that “the confrontation of this political immorality is not through the return of the Lebanese or pushing them into their sectarian and sectarian squares, but rather it is inevitably the adherence of all the Lebanese to their national solidarity over their right national issues under the roof. of the constitution and based on full respect for the sovereignty of the state and the supremacy of law and order, and in a manner that transforms without duality of power.

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In another context, the living crises remained unchanged, especially the strike of employees in the public sector, which has not yet reached the edge of the final solution. In this context, Mikati chaired the meeting of the ministerial committee to address the repercussions of the financial crisis on the functioning of the public utility, and the conferences studied proposals and recommendations. The Minister of Finance requested to wait with the decision on it until its costs are studied and financial repercussions. It was therefore agreed to meet again tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, in the Grand Serail to make the final decision. It was reported that public sector employees, according to the initial version of the offer published by “Al-Nahar” last week, a salary and an allowance equal to the salary, a transfer allowance of 95,000 pounds and ‘ a daily production allowance of between 150,000 and 300,000 pounds, in exchange for attending at least 3 days a week. The head of the Public Administration Employees Association, Nawal Nasr, announced that “the increase that is being talked about is help, and 85% of the employees receive two million pounds from it and add to it the so-called incentive salary, which is actually part of the transport allowance. ” Nasr pointed out that “employees who lost 95% of their salaries now receive between 2 or 5% additional and half of the transport allowance for a period of only two months.” “We reject the way imports in the approach to the state and the issue of preventing damage to beneficiaries of state property and smuggling, and we refuse to use part of people’s money for people,” she said. She emphasized that “the strike will continue until the causes removed from it, or until we see the seriousness of removing its causes, and it is not available so far.”

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