A senior politician in Lebanon warned that the country could sink “like Titanic” if a new government was not formed for the country.
“The entire country is in danger, the country has become Titanic. And if the ship sinks, no one will survive,” said Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament.
Lebanon is still without a government for 7 months after the resignation of the previous government in the wake of the devastating explosions of the Beirut port that shook the entire country.
This catastrophe coincided with a severe economic crisis that pushed half of the country’s population below the poverty line and sparked a state of anger and resentment that prompted citizens to go out in mass protests calling for the removal of the political elite from power, the elite they accuse of corruption, administrative failure, and neglect.
These warnings came strongly worded by Berri during the opening of an emergency session of Parliament that was called to approve a loan of $ 200 million to continue the flow of electricity and connect it to the homes and facilities of the country for a period of two months.
The state-owned electricity company, Electricity Lebanon, needs these funds to purchase the fuel needed to operate the electric power plants, starting at the end of this month.
One of the four main electrical power plants supplying the country with electricity stopped last Sunday due to a shortage of gas needed to operate it. The EDL justified that the station had stopped working due to a problem in unloading cargo in containers and the shipping course of the Suez Canal was disrupted.
The EDL is funded by a loan that was allocated under the 2020 budget, while the caretaker government cannot hold meetings of the Council of Ministers to approve the new year budget.
Without a new government, the Lebanese parliament cannot undertake the reforms demanded by the international community in exchange for foreign aid, according to the BBC’s Beirut correspondent Martin Pattins.
Pattins added that the country has recently witnessed a widespread debate among political leaders about forming the new government, while over the past few months, it is likely that over time the crisis worsens every day.