Lebanese ministers must not jump ship in our time of need

The government is staying and it must go on as long as there’s no alternative

Nayla Tueni

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Lebanon’s Change and Reform bloc ministers have confirmed they will not resign from the government due to several reasons: the government can still stand with or without them, none of their March 8 coalition allies are willing to resign, the two ministers themselves are not prepared to carry out such a hideous act that will only harm their image, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah had asked Change and Reform bloc leader Michel Aoun to stop his ministers from resigning and last but not least, such an act would obstruct the country’s affairs and won’t contribute to assigning a new army commander or to speeding up the process of electing a president.

Given these reasons, it’s clear that the international-regional decision which produced this government is stronger and more efficient than daily intimidation campaigns and than the wishes of local players. It’s true that domestic parties can upset the situation as much as they want but they will then be incapable of taking control of the game. This means we can head towards a situation of complete chaos that resembles the tragic circumstances surrounding us. Therefore, the decision to maintain Tammam Salam’s cabinet is a higher interest, the violation of which would harm all parties and this won’t happen unless a dead end is reached, i.e. when desperation reigns following the fall of the Syrian regime.

Despite all problems

Truth be told, Lebanon, despite its problems, is still capable of containing all domestic categories and foreign contradictions and of dealing with all refugees, regardless of their color, nationality or religion. It’s therefore provided space for all rival groups to meet. Efficient parties in the country must continue to seize the proper opportunities to cross this dark tunnel towards safety and stability and achieving sovereignty.

This call of mine is a realistic analysis of our circumstances which maintained stability despite all wars in the region and which can carry on if each party benefits from its foreign ally to guarantee this stability instead of destroying it for the sake of serving the interests of some parties who want to use Lebanon as a bargaining chip in their negotiations and calculations and then abandon it.

The government is staying and it must go on as long as there’s no alternative and no constitutional mechanism to form another. Tampering with the government may subject all institutions to decay and disintegration and when that happens, pointing the finger of blame will do us no good.

This article was first published in al-Nahar on June 4, 2015.


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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