The new prime minister of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib, appointed last month, announced on Saturday that he would resign. Adib stops because he says he failed to form a cabinet.
Sectarian system makes government difficult
Adib says he made the decision to leave after consultation with President Michel Aoun. Negotiations to form a government failed when the finance minister had to be appointed.
Before being appointed as successor to the resigned Prime Minister Hassan Diab on August 31, Adib served as ambassador to Germany.
The resignation of 48-year-old Adib puts the country back in a political crisis. Lebanon already has problematic politics and is currently in a deep economic recession.
That situation deteriorated further after the major explosion in the port of the capital Beirut in early August, in which more than 178 people were killed. The country is in its worst crisis since the civil war that raged between 1975 and 1990.
Adib’s appointment was a compromise made by the largest parties in the country. Lebanese politics has a sectarian division of power. For example, the position of prime minister should go to a Sunni politician. President Aoun said earlier that he wanted to get rid of this and make the country a secular state.
The French government is putting a lot of pressure on Lebanon to implement reforms and has threatened sanctions if it fails. Before the country was independent in 1943, it was ruled by the French. After that the French continued to have a lot of influence on Lebanon.
The Diab government, who resigned in August, is still taking over the duties in the country. Diab himself had only been prime minister since January.