Until a new government is formed, previous Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has been summoned for a ‘caretaker’ role; Reports now indicate that Hariri is seeking another opportunity to be PM, as long as stronger economic accountability is in place.
After submitting his resignation early this week, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is now open to the possibility of once again being the prime minister of Lebanon. Hariri submitted his resignation after almost two weeks of nationwide protests due to government corruption and economic devastation.
Sources are saying that Hariri is ready to return to the helm of power in a new Lebanese government under revised conditions-officials must be included that can help prevent an economic collapse. It will be interesting to see how protestors take to this news, as it may lead to more chaos throughout the already divided country. The citizens were very clear regarding their demands-all government officials must step down and be replaced.
Hariri was asked by President Michel Aoun to continue in a ‘caretaker’ role until a new cabinet could be formed. This announcement coincides with Lebanon’s system of government.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on the situation in Lebanon, stating, “The Lebanese people want an efficient and effective government, economic reform, and an end to endemic corruption,”.
Prior to his resignation last week, Hariri stated, “I tried all this time to find an exit and listen to the voice of the people and protect the country from the security and economic dangers…Today, to be honest with you, I have hit a dead-end, and it is time for a big shock to confront the crisis.”