Keep the momentum

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (L) speaking with Prime Minister Saad Hariri as during a meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda. "AFP PHOTO / DALATI AND NOHRA"

Following successful parliamentary polls that saw 80 new faces ready to inject fresh talent into the legislative, Saad Hariri has been designated as prime minister by President Michel Aoun, with significant support from key parties and players.

And besides the backing of Lebanon’s powerhouses, Hariri has the benefit of a well-planned agenda conceived during the tenure of the last government and designed to nudge the country toward a prosperous future.

In fact, all that remains for this train to leave the station is for politicians to knock off their unhelpful politicking and facilitate the premier-designate’s efforts in the formation of a government of national entente.

For decades we have been dreaming of better days, and it seems finally that those better days are within reach, due in great part Hariri’s efforts to win the support and good will of the international community.

With Lebanon now facing so many challenges, not to mention a commitment to promises on which the support of the world community is conditioned, MPs are duty-bound to carry out the will of the people by realizing the swift formation of a new Cabinet and holding it accountable for its subsequent actions.

The tasks are daunting and the challenges more so, and will require the full attention of the country’s leaders if we are to show the rest of the world we have indeed turned a new page in the way we approach matters.

Lebanon can’t afford to be distracted by other states’ affairs. There is more than enough for us resolve within our own borders, and anything else would be irresponsible.

We have, miraculously, been granted a chance at a better future, and squandering it would be the height of recklessness.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 25, 2018, on page 1.




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