Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatened to stop performing his duties to pressure politicians to form a new government.
“If seclusion helps with cabinet formation then I am ready to resort to it, although it goes against my convictions for it disrupts the entire state and is detrimental to the Lebanese,” Diab said in a speech. Diab’s cabinet resigned on the back of the August 4 Beirut Port explosion that devastated swathes of the capital.
Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri was nominated in October but has failed to form a new cabinet so far due to political deadlock between him and President Michel Aoun.
Lebanon has been witnessing a devastating political and socio-economic crisis since October 2019 when nationwide protests demanding political and economic reforms pressurized the resignation of al-Hariri’s government. Diab added that Lebanon has reached the brink and that there is a fear that “dangers will no longer be contained.” “It is likely to worsen if a new government with powers is formed,” Diab stated.