Lebanese government in quagmire

Many these days think it's not necessary to form a new Lebanese cabinet. The country is doing fine as it is, they believe. Saad Hariri's national unity cabinet failed to overcome the country's chronic crises. During his term as premier, Hariri tried in vain to avoid disputes, but he often confronted impossible requests.

Fouad Siniora's cabinet was not useful either when the Shiite ministers resigned turning it into March 14's cabinet. It was not capable of overcoming the country's crises but it acted as an apparatus, enduring a series of disruptions. The cabinet thus turned towards attempting to resolve their crises providing funds so the opposing parties receive their salaries. March 8's cabinet led by Najib Miqati also failed to provide solutions for problems which political parties held the March 14 coalition responsible for. But then what happened? The March 8 cabinet adopted the same approach and the Lebanese people found themselves confronting the same problems.

The real threat

Forming a new cabinet by prime minister-designate Tammam Salam appears to be an impossible task due to certain contradictory conditions. Most of these conditions are impossible to meet or they aim to put an end to all the hopes that Salam was trying to build on. The goal goes beyond the cabinet. Everyone knows that fait accompli parties do not pave way for the cabinet to govern and that the cabinet remains hostage to regional developments and alliances between influential countries.

Forming a new cabinet by prime minister-designate Tammam Salam appears to be an impossible task due to certain contradictory conditions.

Nayla Tueni

The clear aim of these obstructions and vacuum rulings in constitutional, military and other institutions, is to create a bare state and eventually dominate them and control these institutions.

This is where the real threat lies. It lies among several parties. One is divided and scared, another is possessed with the greatness of its people, a third that linked itself to regional developments and the fate of the Syrian regime, a fourth that looks forward to attaining powerful positions and a fifth that has for a while now established its plan but is in no hurry to implement it as it sees in the coming days a guarantee to move forward with its schemes.

This is where the threat lies, and it goes beyond a caretaker cabinet replacing another caretaker cabinet.

This article was first published in Lebanon-based Annahar on July 15, 2013.

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Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni

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