Lebanon’s acting Prime Minister Mustapha Adib announced his resignation on Saturday and refused to form a new government.
“The reason for my resignation was that the political blocs did not fulfill my condition – they did not refuse to politicize the process of forming a government,” Adib said. Arab TV channels broadcast his statement.
At the same time, he noted that the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron “must continue,” as it is a sincere desire of Paris to help Beirut.
Adib was appointed as Prime Minister at the end of August but could not present a new Cabinet, despite French President Macron’s conditions. A new government was to be announced in Lebanon by September 14. If this condition is met, Macron has committed to holding a conference on aid to Lebanon in Paris in October. Forming a government has become more complicated after the US imposed new unilateral sanctions against two former Ministers, whom the US administration accused of being linked to the Shiite Hezbollah movement.
Paris has said that if there are no real reforms before December, France will abandon its mediation mission and not persuade the international community to assist Lebanon. Moreover, the French President did not rule out otherwise imposing sanctions against Lebanese politicians in connection with their actions that hinder the normalization of the situation in the country.