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The parliament session yesterday ignited the spark of the parliamentary elections after Representative Gebran Bassil threatened to challenge the file of bringing the elections closer and expatriates voting for 6 seats and scattering them among 6 continents distributed over 6 sects, which led to an exchange of words between him and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
At the same time, one of the factors in yesterday’s session of representatives was the sudden announcement by the Minister of Culture, Muhammad Mortada, of the willingness of the Shiite duo’s ministers to attend any cabinet session called by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, as if he had caused a severe problem in the last session of the Council of Ministers, delegated From the duo by paving the way to undo the conditions set by the duo to “release” government sessions, according to “Al-Nahar.”
In this regard, the authority is preparing to revive the “border bazaar” with the American negotiator Amos Hochstein, who arrived in Beirut yesterday, preceded by a strong impetus from the American State Department confirming the readiness of the administration of President Joe Biden “to help Lebanon and Israel find a mutually acceptable solution to their borders.” The joint navy, amidst the fear among the circles accompanying this file that the ruling powers would resume the game of “tug of war” among themselves and continue to spin in vicious circles of “destructive bidding” that had previously missed opportunities and neglected national rights under the effort of each party. “Tightening the American quilt” towards him, according to “The Nation’s Call.”
In parallel, the International Monetary Fund officially launched negotiations with the Lebanese government “technically” with a view to starting negotiations on a work “program” suitable for the Lebanese bankruptcy before next year. ?
Informed circles told Al-Jumhuriya that the World Bank informed Lebanese official bodies that “the current government may not be able, for several reasons, to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund before the upcoming parliamentary elections, and that Parliament does not have sufficient time to approve what is possible.” Understanding it due to the approaching election date.”
These circles indicated that “the World Bank considered that the most that can be accomplished at this stage is prosthetic solutions, and it is difficult to expect any financial inflow from abroad soon.” And she explained, “The concerned authorities inside the country concerned with understanding a unified number of losses until the negotiation can be based on it with the IMF, have not yet agreed on this figure, amid the Central Bank’s insistence on bearing most of the losses to the Lebanese state.”
In view of this reality, the circles pointed out that “the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati has practically become the government of managing the elections and the situation until the time of the parliamentary elections, after which it is built on the required.”
In this context, the Director of the Middle East and Asia Department at the Fund, Jihad Azour, stressed the need to “deal with the issue of losses incurred by the financial sector,” indicating that the Lebanese side must get out of the cycle of confusion and political and banking conflict in determining the numbers of losses. In this sense, he stressed the necessity of “updating these numbers and setting a new baseline” for them on the negotiating table with the IMF, especially since the last report he received in this regard dates back to August of the year 2020 during the mandate of the Hassan Diab government.
Governmentally, political sources made it clear to the “brigade” that there is no serious matter that supports the cabinet’s tendency to convene at the present time, but that does not mean that no contacts are being made to secure this return.
Judicially, the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Bitar, resumed his duties yesterday in the Beirut port explosion case, after he was officially informed of the decision of the Civil Court of Cassation to reject his second response request submitted by the former ministers Ghazi Zuaiter and Ali Hassan Khalil. ?
As press correspondents circulated information about Bitar setting a new interrogation session for the defendants, Zuaiter and Deputy Nohad al-Machnouk, on the 29th of this month, judicial sources confirmed that “the recent events have no effect on the progress of the investigations of the judicial investigator,” explaining that “Judge al-Bitar is like any other judge. Another should limit the scope of his work under the roof of the Palace of Justice, in isolation from what is happening behind its walls of political and non-political pressures and influences that are outside the principles of the principle of separation of powers and the concept of the independence of the judiciary.