Middle East

Macron accuses Lebanese leaders of ‘betrayal’ over failure to form a government

Issued on: 27/09/2020 – 17:45

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday accused Lebanon's leaders of betraying their promises over the failure to form a government in the wake of the Beirut port blast. He gave the country's political class four to six weeks to implement his roadmap but ruled out immediate sanctions.

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At a rare news conference devoted to Lebanon, Macron said the political elite had decided "to betray" their obligations and had committed "collective treason" by failing to form a government.

Lebanon's premier-designate Mustapha Adib stepped down on Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government.

"They have decided to betray this commitment (to form a government)," Macron told reporters, declaring he was "ashamed" of the country's leaders.

"I see that the Lebanese authorities and political forces chose to favour their partisan and individual interests to the detriment of the general interest of the the country," he added.

Macron was excoriating in its criticisms of the political class in Lebanon

He also sent a pointed warning to the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah, which was well represented in the outgoing government and some analysts accuse of holding up the process.

Hezbollah should "not think it is more powerful than it is…. It must show that it respects all the Lebanese. And in recent daRead More – Source