Will Lebanon Have A Stable Government Ever?


Situation of governance in Lebanon isn’t getting any better. There is no government and soon there will be a situation of a ‘no president’. Where does the future of the country really stand?

Absence of a government is due to a divided Parliament, with the country’s confessional power sharing system out to hinder a new head of state’s election. Before Lebanon’s current president Michel Aoun calls it a day on October 31, he along with PM designate Najib Mikati have reassured the masses that a government formation is on the horizon.

But the fact is, there is no progress to show. Blame has been placed on Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system. Even in recent meetings with EU ambassadors, Mr. Aoun had reaffirmed his commitment to forming a government that would assume presidential powers in the event of a vacancy.

But that does really solve the problem of a weak government. The problem lies in not only getting the government formed but also in the religious background of the top leadership. By political convention, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the Parliament Speaker a Shiite Muslim. Meanwhile, the Parliament must contain a 50/50 ratio of Muslims and Christians.

Read | Lebanon Gets IMF Mission To Analyse Slow Progress On Borrowing Agreement

Historically, electing a president has often been a drawn-out affair — as attests the presidency of Mr Aoun, who became head of state following a prolonged presidential vacuum of two-and-a-half years.

The present government went into caretaker status four months ago following the May 15 parliamentary elections. Mr Mikati was once again designated as prime minister to form a new government, but has until now failed to reach an agreement with the president over its make-up.

Despite on-and-off speculation over the past four months that a new government is on the verge of formation, recent meetings before the two have appeared tense. The prospect of a government before the end of President Aoun’s tenure seems unlikely, despite assurances from both leaders.



Roshan Amiri is an advocate for the truth. He believes that it's important to speak out and fight for what's right, no matter what the cost. Amiri has dedicated his life to fighting for social justice and creating a better future for all.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *