Greetings and Good Day,
It is no secret that the social pact presently regulating the Lebanese institutions is obsolete and out of synchronous, if not unpractical.
Going in retrospect we can register the fact that the presidency of Hrawi was extended, the presidency of Lahoud was renewed, the presidency of Suleiman came after May 7 and at the moment presidential vacuum’s reign is supreme.
It is also a fact that governance is shaken, the national debt skyrocketed almost to 160 % ratio of gross debt versus GNP, corruption is rampant, public posts are subject to fierce battles and the economy is broken.
Add to this the incapability of the political class to approve a reasonable electoral law for municipalities and for the parliament (illegitimate extension of the MAJLIS mandate was approved twice) that can ensure a wide and pervasive representation, with checks and controls, and here you go with the failure of the state on basic needs.
Considering the strategic depth and the regional geopolitical environment, it is also a fact that the Lebanese factions have allegiance to foreign powers rather than to their own national soil and to the community of their brethren fellows nationals.
The disaffection of the youth and the new generations is crystal clear, where emigration is much on demand, while the old corrupt guard of mafia bosses and don’s of embezzlement are consciously responsible for the present day stale mate.
As the second republic miserably failed, the only option is to proceed with the third republic, and introduce amendments to the constitution.
We most need a Beirut 1 conference, the same national council mentioned in our constitution that no president ever called for, being all taken with their associates in delinquency in robbing the state and opening wide the borders of the nation/state to progressive derailment and dissolution.
Beyond any social pact that regulates the Lebanese life, we need to bring accountability for those who are arming themselves and derailing the state monopoly on coercion, and those who spread embezzlement and mismanagement in state affairs through greed, reducing the social life into a major trash can where the citizenry is engulfed in a vertical division imposed by regional blocs.
It is obvious that the Syrian Crisis has direct impact on Lebanon where the increase of residents in the cedar nation contributes from one side to the crescent growth of the national product while decreasing simultaneously the per capita capital.
We are a poorer nation, and a banana republic, no matter what the decades long remittances are trying to prolong the life span of the credit and banking system, leave alone the real estate mass residing on a hill of cement bubble.
There is need to generate a state based on meritocracy as a first step, and then embrace secular and universal values. Expecting solutions from a filibuster duet of profiteers, where a presidential candidate with a program ( Geagea) endorses a candidate without a program ( Aoun) is ridiculous at best. If it is true that the club of candidates to the presidency is less crowded today, it is also true that the outcome is more intrigued. We went from a couple in tension to a couple intention to perpetuate their egos and the interests of their clan and sect.
Nonetheless, the way out is certainly to elect a president and to approve an electoral law, to create an emergency unit for waste management and to reform the social pact having close attention to the economy and to tourism. The image of Lebanon is so tarnished that even the republic sovereign bonds, external and internal debt has no appeal for credit agencies, we are rated trash.
The Lebanese Opposition invites the political corrupt class to evolve its attitude and devise a route map for salvation from the certain demise they pour the populace in.
We call on all the presidential candidates to discuss their programs publicly and on deputies to elect a president today not tomorrow, and to approve the electoral law of Fouad Boutros already in the parliament and let us go to vote.
In Politics, The Lebanese Opposition, We the People alliance , operating under the same umbrella, will take down the profiteers and evolve the system into a third republic of meritocracy and democracy that includes opposition.