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Even government resignation fails to stop Lebanon protests

Even government resignation fails to stop Lebanon protests because the demonstrators want volte face changes in political system.

However, we divide this write-up into three sections: protests, accountability process and political developments.

Even government resignation fails

Protests

Particularly, students continue to gather on main streets raising slogans in favour of their demands.

Apart from Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square, protest demos continued at Tripoli’s al-Nour Square, Sidon’s Elia roundabout and other areas.

They also staged a demo outside the headquarters of state-run Electricite du Liban in Beirut’s Gemmayze area to protest chronic power cuts.

They slammed the body as a symbol of Lebanon’s dysfunctional political system.

Another group gathered outside ex-PM Fouad Saniora’s house on Beirut’s Bliss Street. Another protesters group rallied outside his office in the Sidon district town of al-Hlaliyeh.

Concerned authorities are probing Saniora and his son over corruption charges.

The protesters took down politicians’ portraits from buildings in the northern city of Tripoli.

Last night, women protesters gathered near the seat of government in Beirut’s Riad al-Solh Square. They were carrying candles and chanting O patriarchal powers, women’s rights not a footnote.

Clashes

Activists clashed with security forces as they tried to enter into the Eden Bay resort in the Ramlet al-Bayda area on the Beirut waterfront.

Furthermore, protesters slammed what they say illegal privatization of public property.

Corruption charges probe

Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim is probing the case of spending of $11 billion between 2006 and 2008 in which he heard former Prime Minister Saniora for three hours.

Interestingly, Saniora belongs to caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s party. However, Druze politician Akram Shehayyeb hails from Walid Jumblatt’s PSP.

Now, this PSP leader serves Lebanon as caretaker Education Minister. He rebuffed $9 million scam.

He clarified that the claims about the loss of $9 million in the file of refugee education may attribute to shortage in funding according to UNICEF.

Moreover, Director General of the Lebanese Customs Badri Daher is also facing charges of squandering public funds.

Political developments

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has held meetings with President Michel Aoun. He had met FPM leader and caretaker foreign minister Gebran Bassil. They are discussing interim setup.

Although Walid Jumblatt said his PSP would not join interim cabinet, many groups and bigwigs clandestinely working to get share. They eye lucrative portfolios.

However, Speaker Nabih Berri who leads Amal Movement supports Saad Hariri re-designation as PM.

France eyes role amid Lebanon crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron has begun efforts to play his role in what he thinks to ends to deadlock.

He is assigning that role to Christophe Farnaud, head of North Africa and Middle East department at the French foreign ministry. Hence, Christophe Farnaud may land in Lebanon shortly.

Notably, this Shiite News Exclusive aims at updating readers on the latest events regarding Lebanon.

Backgrounder

Due to pressure from nationwide protests against the political class, Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his government’s resignation on October 29.

However, US and allied regimes have been trying to hijack the genuine protests to advance their pro-Israel interests.

By Ain Ali for Shiite News Exclusive

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