Days ago, the news of the resignation of the current Prime Minister Saad El-Hariri have been the cause of all the rage.
On the 29th of October, 2019, following road closures that deepened the economic crisis, Prime Minister Saad El-Hariri declared that his resignation was due to the fact that all he wanted was to, “Protect Lebanon and uplift its economy” as quoted by him. The fact that he was not getting any support anymore has led him into taking this decision. “I can’t hide this from you. I have reached a dead-end,” Hariri said in his resignation speech.
According to Hariri, He wanted to reshuffle the Cabinet, so that he would have the ability to execute reforms. However, he wasn’t allowed because of the President and Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil -who in Hariri‘s plan would have been removed as well- the President came to the conclusion that the only thing which would calm the protests down would be Hariri’s resignation.
Hezbollah was against this resignation but didn’t comment on the events.
People were immensely happy, they even started celebrating his resignation. In fact, the streets cleared up upon arrival of the news.
A few days later, Upon Hariri’s return to Lebanon, he withdrew his resignation leaving the world in a state of confusion. Nonetheless, the Lebanese considered this a step towards gaining their rights, and an enlightenment on how uniting as citizens for a single cause can deliver change.
The country has witnessed a little peace following the news. However, the protests are still ongoing due to the fact that the people want to change the governance system from Sectarian (according to religion where the President is Christian, the Prime Minister appointed by the President is a Sunni Muslim and the Speaker of the Parliment is Shia as per Ta’if agreement 1989 following Lebanon’s civil war) to Technocratic where the people in power are in their position according to their experience not their religious background.
“The government’s resignation is going to be taken by the protesters as a big victory. I don’t think that should be underestimated,” said Makdisi- The author ofThe Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon- “There is a victory on the one hand, and a possible security issue on the other.”
Will the unrest in Lebanon remain? All is still unknown, but the two most important goals remain to be the country’s wellness and the people’s needs being met.