Lebanon’s inept elite risk descent into chaos

Arab News | Oct 17, 2020 at 7:45 PM
  • If the stakes were already high in Lebanon, they only became higher after President Michel Aoun delayed consultations with members of parliament on naming a prime minister.
  • Hariri briefly became a serious frontrunner with the support of the two prominent Shiite political parties, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, but he failed to inspire any enthusiasm from the Christian third of that tripartite; the Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanese Forces were opposed to a new Hariri administration.
  • There is little hope that pressure from the international community will dislodge an entrenched political elite from the levers of power, when the Lebanese themselves have repeatedly tried and failed.