Rear View – Lebanon in review (20 September 2020)
15 Sept NO NEW GOVT AS POLITICAL ELITE BLOCK REFORM
Political leaders squabbled over which party would get what ministerial post last week, preventing new PM
Mustapha Adib from being able to name a new Government.
It resulted in a failure to meet the two week deadline set by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Adib, believes it is his right to select the Ministers (you’d think right?)
But Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, and Amal leader, Nabih Berri, insist it is theirs.
WHY? Because they want to keep control of the Finance Ministry.
WHY? Why do you think???
17 Sept – US SANCTION TWO LEBANESE COMPANIES
The US has followed on from sanctioning former ministers Ali Hassan Khalil and Youssef Finianos on September 8, with additional sanctions against two companies and another citizen.
Sultan Khalifa Assaad, a senior Hezbollah Executive Council official, was slapped with sanctions by the US Treasury Dept, as were Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction.
The US Treasury claims Assaad, who oversees companies controlled by Hezbollah including Arch and Meamar, directed profits from government contracts worth millions of dollars to Hezbollah.
18 Sept – Bassil’s Henchmen Attack Activist
Senior Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) official, Mansour Fadel, assaulted “Defend Your Rights” activist Pierre Khoury in a cafe in Jal el Dib after a political disagreement.
Fadel was enraged at being called a “racist”, and he and his guards beat Khoury up. After Khoury left the cafe, more FPM members showed up and also attacked Khoury and female activist Patrice Daher.
Khoury has vowed to sue the party and Fadel over the attack.
Gebran Bassil is the head of the FPM.
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