Is relying on the French side the right decision?

Is relying on the French side the right decision?

| Monday 21 November 2022

Omar Al Rassi - Akhbar Al Yawm

Spectators authorize that Lebanon has signed on what has been set as the "World Cup Truce", which releases a shadow over all the world’s countries. Therefore, the presidential entitlement and what is derived from it is suspended to another notice, at least until early next year.

In this sense, it seems that relying on a French initiative towards Lebanon may not be as much as one wished, although French President Emmanuel Macron raised Lebanon's file with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Bangkok on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Islands summit. During a phone call Saturday, Macron and bin Salman agreed to “strengthen their cooperation to meet Lebanon’s humanitarian needs.” Macron also stressed, “the need to elect a president as soon as possible, to properly implement the program of structural reforms that are indispensable for the rise” of Lebanon.

In this context, a well-informed source pointed out that the presidential file is frozen, and there is no activity around it, saying: France alone cannot do anything, and its allies are not in its opinion, but oppose Hezbollah to having a "hand in the next president."

The source stated that Paris tried after the explosion of the port of Beirut in August 2020 to carry out an initiative that was then the main humanitarian, but it did not find any external support and did not receive any internal response, but today the stage is more difficult because the issue is political related to the "game of the region" and the fate of Hezbollah and Iran, the revolution cannot exist in

The source stopped at the debate on Article 49 of the Constitution, which deals with "secret ballot by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives in the first session and is satisfied with an absolute majority in the polling sessions that follow," explaining that it is not understood from this article that the President of the Republic can be elected by less than 35 votes, but that this article

The source revealed that Saudi Arabia informed France of its position that it has not moved towards Lebanon, in addition to that there are developments awaited by the Americans and Saudis in the region, especially since the situation in Iran is not normal, and Russia has not intervened on the line yet.

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