Lebanon: Aoun leaves the presidential palace, the political crisis worsens

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Lebanon&nbsp ;: Aoun leaves the presidential palace, the political crisis worsens

Outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun waves to supporters as he leaves the presidential palace a day before the official end of his six-year term.

The head of the #x27;Lebanese State, Michel Aoun, left the presidential palace on Sunday on the eve of the expiration of his mandate without a designated successor, which aggravates the political deadlock in this country in full economic collapse.

< p class="e-p">Before his departure, the president signed a decree which challenges the resigning prime minister's right to lead the country, which accentuates the paralysis of the institutions.

Michel Aoun was acclaimed by thousands of supporters who gathered around the Baabda Palace, east of Beirut, and escorted him to his private home in an upscale suburb of the capital.

This morning, I signed the decree considering the government resigning, announced the president in a speech in front of his faithful who waved his portraits and flags of the Free Patriotic Movement (CPL, allied with Hezbollah) of which he is the founder.

The decision of the head of state, a Maronite Christian under communal power-sharing in this multi-faith country, aggravates the political stalemate as the government must lead the country in the absence of a head of state.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, has been trying for months to form a new government, but failed due to differences with the CPL.

Mr. Mikati had resigned after the legislative elections last spring and had again been chosen by the deputies to form a government.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati

According to experts, President Aoun's decision will have no real impact.

This What Aoun has done is unprecedented since Lebanon adopted its Constitution in 1926, said Wissam Laham, a constitutional scholar.

The law says that a resigning government remains in place until a new cabinet is formed, he said, saying he believes the decree makes no sense. /p>

The Prime Minister also reacted by saying that the decree signed by the President was without any constitutional value and assured that his government continued to expedite current affairs.

Michel Aoun's six-year term ends at midnight Monday without the deputies having managed to elect his successor because of their political divisions.

Parliament has met in vain, four times in the past month, to elect a president: neither the camp of Shia Muslim Hezbollah, the powerful armed movement that dominates political life in Lebanon, nor that of its opponents have a clear majority to impose a candidate.

With the publication of Michel Aoun's decree, we are entering a period of executive power vacancy and legislative power paralysis, says Lebanese Forces (LF) MP Ghassan Hasbani.

He explains that the government will now have to reduce its activities to a minimum at a time when Parliament can no longer legislate before the election of a president and when the authorities must implement the reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund .

Michel Aoun's mandate was marked by the economic collapse of Lebanon, by a devastating explosion at the port of Beirut and by an unprecedented popular uprising.

Protesters chanted the Lebanese national anthem during a ceremony in honor of the victims of the gigantic explosions which occurred on August 4, 2020 in Beirut.

However, his party retains a popular base within the Christian community, whose leadership it disputes with the FL party of Samir Geagea.

Dozens of supporters of the former commander in chief of the army, whom they call general, many dressed in orange, the color of the CPL, spent the night in tents near the presidential palace.

We came to escort the president at the end of his mandate to tell him that we are with him and that we will continue the fight alongside him, a affirm Mé Joumana Nahed, a teacher.

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