Appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Chad Hariri announced his resignation on Thursday, July 15, after failing to form a government over the past eight months.
Hariri announced his decision at a press conference after meeting with President Michael Owen at the Presidential Palace east of the capital Beirut.
“The position of President Aun has not changed and the amendments he has demanded affect the appointment of Christian ministers,” Hariri told a news conference.
“(President Aun) told me that it is difficult to reach a consensus, so I resigned, may Allah help the country,” the politician added.
On Wednesday, Hariri presented him with a new cabinet, which includes 24 ministers. “For me, this government can recover the country and stop the decline,” he said at the time.
Six days after the explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut, Lebanon has not been able to form a new government since the resignation of Hassan Daib’s cabinet on August 10, 2020.
In recent months, both Hariri and Aun have exchanged accusations of obstruction of government. Hariri accused the Lebanese president and his ally Hezbollah of demanding a third of the cabinet seats.
One-third of cabinet seats have veto power over government decisions and policies.
Lebanon has a specific government model in which political offices must be divided equally between the country’s Muslim (Sunni-Shiite) and Christian sects.
The Arab country is facing a severe economic crisis and the local currency is losing all its value against the US dollar.
Roads across the country have been blocked by protests over the worst crisis since the civil war in 1975 to 1990.
* Juan Felipe Welles Rojas contributed to write this note. .