Influential parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said yesterday that Lebanon could sink like the Titanic if it could not form a government as he opened a session to approve emergency funds to literally keep the lights on for two more months.
“The whole country is in danger, the whole country is the Titanic,” Berri said. “It’s time we all woke up because in the end, if the ship sinks, there’ll be no one left.”
Parliament approved a loan of $200 million to pay for fuel for Lebanon’s electric company after warning by the energy ministry that cash had run out for electricity generation beyond the end of the month.
“This should be enough electricity for around two months or two-and-a-half,” Cesar Abu Khalil, a member of parliament and former energy minister said.
One of the four main power plants in Lebanon shut down due to a dispute between the General Directorate of Oil and EDL, while the fate of electricity supplies after six weeks in unclear because of the central bank’s inability to secure dollars for imports.
Against the backdrop of this energy crisis, the country’s two most senior politicians continued their dispute about who was to blame for Lebanon not having a government.