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On Monday, the Lebanese Parliament granted its confidence to the new government headed by Najib Mikati, which was formed after 13 months of emptiness.

After discussing the ministerial statement during a long eight-hour session, 85 MPs gave their confidence to the new government, while 15 MPs withheld confidence in it, according to a count announced by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

The new government has difficult tasks, most notably trying to stop the economic collapse in the country.

According to Lebanese media sources, the electricity was cut off at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, where a session of granting confidence was held, which led to it being postponed for less than an hour, before the fuel oil needed to operate the generators could be secured.

When the session began, Mikati read the draft ministerial statement, and said: “This rescue government is in an exceptional, fateful and dangerous phase that requires unprecedented and unconventional measures.”

He added that his government pledges to “resuming immediate negotiations with the International Monetary Fund to reach an agreement on a support plan (…) that adopts a short and medium-term rescue program” to get Lebanon out of a crisis that the World Bank has classified among the worst in the world since 1850.

During Mikati’s reading of the ministerial statement, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri interrupted him, asking him to take a short cut in order to gain time for fear of another power outage.

As a result of a severe fuel crisis that the country has been witnessing for months, the ability of the Electricité du Liban to provide nutrition to all regions gradually declined, which led to the increase in rationing hours to exceed 22 hours per day.

Private generators are no longer able to provide the diesel needed to cover the hours of power outages.

The granting of confidence to the government formation comes more than a year after the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government, days after the horrific explosion of the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, and disagreements over the sharing of ministerial seats between the major powers.

During this period, the unprecedented economic crisis that began in the summer of 2019 deepened, with 78 percent of the Lebanese people living below the poverty line, according to the United Nations.





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