Transition period in Lebanon

2013-03-22T164920Z_1_CBRE92L1AQB00_RTROPTP_2_SYRIA-CRISIS-LEBANONAfter an official statement of Lebanon’s N.Mikati about his resignation made a shock effect inside of the country, also among other political circles. In his speech to the local TV and Mass media structures , PM intesify his decision with words “I am sure, period of time with full of bloodshed just test Lebanon has forced to stand”. According to press office of ministry, former PM Mikati has took this decisive step in order to halt political misunderstandings inside of the country.

Najib Mikati came to the power after his decisive victory in Parliament Elections. Before being a politician N.Mikati was known as a popular businessman from Tripoli (Lebanon) who had much more ascendancy in comparison with previous Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Despite this facts. In political career, despite his closeness to Syria, his willingness to compromise and his promise to dismiss the chiefs of the security forces, whom many Lebanese suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on 14 February 2005, won him the support of the anti-Syrian opposition.

Najib Mikati’s first years was mentionable of his strained relations with the most powerful Shia organization “Hezbollah”. Such kind of relations was a sign about minister’s future career. Within the support of Sunni community of the Lebanon, minister could gain hatred of Shia community, which power continuing became a more intensive in the country.

The prime political motive made the strained relations more deepen was a striving of Mikati to extend the term of a senior security official, Major General Ashraf Rifi, and the creation of an oversight body for the planned June election, which may now be delayed after the collapse of Mikati’s government.

After the clashes began in neighbourhood Syria, some Israeli experts claimed up that, Mikati government will be closer satellite of anti-Syrian campaign launching weapon and militan purchase in the borders. In defiance all of the western experts expectation Mikati’s government close the borders with Syria  in order to prevent spreading of conflict in Lebanon. Despite these efforts, Hezbollah militants were sent to Syria through Lebanon and it forced Israeli authorities to began to move.

Another success of Mikati’s government in domestic policy was renew relations between country’s Christian leader Walid Jumblatt but Unlike 2011 when the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt supported Hezbollah in forming the current cabinet, he was very critical of the party yesterday and indicated support for dialogue and for parliamentary measures tackling elections. Besides Jumblatt, key leaders from the opposition including Samir Gaagaa, Amin Gemayel and Fouad Seniora welcomed the national dialogue. Their votes, along with the President Michel Suleiman, would ensure a majority (65 out of 128) if a political agreement is reached. (Al-Arabiya)

The government had held off agreeing on the membership of the election commission over fears it would ensure that elections scheduled for June are held on the basis of a decades-old electoral law. Mikati, along with the leader of Lebanon’s Druze community, Walid Jumblatt, is said to favor the existing law. It gives his Sunni community and the Druze disproportionate strength in the parliament, but is vehemently opposed by Lebanon’s Christians, who say it fails to give them representative weight.

Attempts earlier this year to approve an alternative election law failed, and both Mikati and President Michel Sleiman had called for election preparations to move forward so the vote can be held on time.

“Now it is important for dialogue to begin and for a salvation government to be established during this difficult period,” Mikati wrote on his official Twitter page after handing in his resignation to the president. (Reuters)

“I thank God that I left office the same way I came in, with integrity.”