How Lebanon has become immoral

Has a political vacuum in Lebanon become inevitable? Perhaps it has and perhaps even worse has become inevitable

Nayla Tueni
Nayla Tueni
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Has a political vacuum become inevitable? Perhaps it has and perhaps even worse has become inevitable. Chaos and a vacuum await us. We are confronting our problems, divisions and sectarianism. Nothing but complications confront us. Despite that, we don’t give up. The activity of passengers at Beirut Airport in the past few days imply good news and indicate that the Lebanese people hold on to their country despite all difficulties and ordeals. Markets’ activity and traffic in Beirut and other areas indicate a love of life. This love is the Lebanese people’s motive to withstand. These people on the streets are the real citizens who push the country to keep going.

Other than that, the image is melancholic. There’s no government on the horizon. There are only conditions that end all hopes of forming a government. Yesterday, the attempt to form a new cabinet disintegrated when Minister Wael Abu Faour said: “The Progressive Socialist Party will not participate or cover any step that may represent a leap into the unknown [on the] political, security and constitutional [levels.] Our decision and stance, as a party, is [in support of] a national unity political cabinet in which all parties are represented...[for the sake] of curbing divisions.”

So, there will be no government. As complications remain unresolved, it does not seem we are heading towards holding the presidential election on time. This would also mean a vacuum. The situation is not any better at the level of parliament. The latter’s meetings are limited to parliamentarian committees which don’t really make any decisions as these decisions require the approval of the parliament’s general commission which does not convene amidst the exchange of accusations.

Today’s image of Lebanon is completely different from what it used to be

Nayla Tueni

The worst in all of this is the quick slide of all social categories that were considered part of Lebanon’s elite. There is a crisis related to religious figures of all sects and there are scandals linked to many of these figures. As for artists, they have been engaged in questionable activity, for various reasons, such as financial gains or a loss of balance or, even worse, a loss of values.

The situation of athletes isn’t any better as well-known sports clubs have also become involved in politics. There’s no sportsmanship governing relations among these clubs’ members. The worst of all are the intellectuals or, in all fairness, at least some of the intellectuals. Intellectuals who must lift the society up have all failed the test and were dragged into the conspiracy, targeting all that is valuable in Lebanon.

We don’t need a new constitutive conference and a new social bill at the time being because it’s not possible to agree on anything during this phase. What’s required is to ascend a little beyond sordidness and to hold on to some morals.

Today’s image of Lebanon is completely different from what it used to be. This terrifying change is worse than demographic and economic change. All in all, the political players have produced an immoral Lebanon for themselves.

This article was first published in al-Nahar on Dec. 23, 2013.


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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