Lebanon's trio of former PMs take offense at BDL appointments

Lebanon's government is currently debating the appointments of vice governors of the Central Bank of Lebanon, who are allocated along sectarian lines.
by Georgi Azar

30 March 2020 | 14:18

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 30 March 2020 | 14:18

A file photo of Lebanon's central bank (AP)

BEIRUT: Lebanon's trio of former Prime Ministers took a swipe at the current government Monday, accusing it of political gamesmanship instead of "looking out for the best interest of its people."

Lebanon's government is currently debating the appointments of vice governors of the Central Bank of Lebanon, whose posts are allocated along sectarian lines.

In a statement, former Prime Ministers Saad Hariri, Fouad Sanioura and Tamam Salam blasted the government for "making appointments with the aim of controlling the state's administrative, financial and monetary positions without adhering to the rule of competence and merit."

This comes at "a time when Lebanon is reeling under the burden of an enormous financial crisis coupled with the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic," the statement read. 

The trio has found themselves on the outside looking in for the first time in recent history after the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies formed a government headed by Prime Minister Hassan Diab in January. 

Speaker Nabih Berri, sources say, is pushing for the reappointment of Raed Sharaf al-Din, while Druze leader Talal Arslan is locking heads with his rival Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt.

Berri has also threatened to suspend his ministers’ participation in the government if a mechanism for bringing home Lebanese ex-pats is not implemented.

After Berri's threat, the government seemingly caved in and will begin looking into different possibilities for the return of Lebanese stuck abroad. 

Lebanon's airport has been on lockdown since March 18 in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

The virus, which has taken the world by storm,  has killed 11 people in Lebanon while infecting 446. 

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