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The Future Movement marked the 15th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. During his son Saad Hariri’s speech on the occasion of this anniversary, he accused his rivals of pushing the country to the brink of collapse and questioned their ability to win foreign support.
In the first major speech of the Prime Minister Lebanese Former Saad al-Hariri, since he turned to the opposition following the announcement of the formation of a new government, accused his rivals of pushing the country to the brink of collapse and questioned their ability to win foreign support.
In a speech on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Saad Hariri attacked his rivals and said that their opposition to reforms is largely responsible for the current crisis.
“We organized the Cedar conference, and we have $ 11 billion in security for the economy, based on reforms we agreed to and we promised to implement,” Hariri said, referring to the Paris Donors Conference in 2018, adding, “But what can I do if someone does not abide by his words?” ? “
Al-Hariri’s speech, the country’s largest Sunni politician, revealed growing political divisions that may complicate Beirut’s quest for painful reforms and recovery from the worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 war.
A government formed by Hezbollah and its allies last month must face a severe cash crisis and pay off the most recent $ 1.2 billion in international bonds due on March 9.
The new government is the first since Hariri’s resignation in October under the weight of protests.
The government extracted a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday, but several major parties include Hariri’s Future Movement, the Lebanese Forces Christian Party, the Kataeb Party, and the Progressive Socialist Party.
She refrained from supporting her.
Hariri, an ally of a number of Western and Arab countries opposed to Iran, poured out his anger at former Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s brother-in-law, and described him as a “shadow” president and that he destroyed his work and helped push the country toward collapse.
The statements indicate the end of a fragile multi-sectarian alliance that Hariri established with Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, an alliance that was the basis of two previous governments.
In his speech, Hariri raised questions about how the new government, which is seen as being dominated by Hezbollah, won the much-needed support of countries at odds with Iran, another potential obstacle to the country’s pursuit of recovery.
Hariri said, “Can we know how to establish tourism without the Arabs and the Gulf citizen?” Adding “Iran’s cash money solves a party crisis … but it does not solve a country crisis.”