Demonstrators took it back to the streets as soon as the new Cabinet was announced yesterday, as they see this new formation not living up to the promises of a technocratic administration. One question arises: within today’s context, in the midst of outstanding financial crisis and uprisings, has forming a government become “mission impossible”?
A NEW LINE-UP SCORNED BY PROTESTERS
After over 3 months of political void and extreme tensions in the country, everyone’s attention is riveted on this new line-up. If PM Hassan Diab insists that his cabinet is a technocratic one that will meet the demands of the people, others see it at a joke, vastly unimpressed by the less-known figures, that still answer to political parties, according to them.
AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK ?
Many are starting to believe that the idea of a genuine technocratic government in Lebanon is just wishful thinking. The reason being that behind every possible candidate, there is a political party. Those same political parties that the people are demonstrating against. Where does that prospect leave us? Everyday that passed without the formation of a government fueled up the anger. Now that a Cabinet has been formed, tensions rise again. The citizens of Lebanon are waiting for very sharp reforms and measures against all the corruption and illegal gains that happened over the years. It feels like we have reached a gridlock, as the task that awaits ANY cabinet that would form in such a context is overwhelming, not to say impossible.
A SOLUTION AHEAD ?
As a first step, it would be a good idea, at least, not to designate figures that openly answer to the same parties that the people are protesting against. I am not questioning the fact that some of them might be real good people, on a human level, as well as great consultants in their fields of expertise. However, and because of the current crisis, their credibility is at stake. Isn’t it time for parties and current political figures to step aside and let some independent candidate be the faces of a new Lebanon? So that at least the street gives them a chance to get to work and tackle urgent issues.