Sunday .. Aoun and after him the “void” in Lebanon!

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, 89, will leave the Presidential Palace in Baabda today, Sunday, before his constitutional term ends at midnight Monday, yielding his presidential chair to the void in a country whose local currency plummeted and poverty rates rose during one of the world’s worst economic crises According to the World Bank.

Some of the masses supporting Aoun and his party (the Free Patriotic Movement) have been preparing to greet him in front of the Republican Palace by erecting tents since Saturday, and the National News Agency reports that Aoun visited citizens gathered at Baabda Palace on Saturday evening to accompany his departure from Palazzo Baabda, and was accompanied by the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement. Representative Gebran Bassil

THE media locals strongly criticized the era of President Aoun, in particularly the channel “NBN”, which in its introduction stated: “Go, keeper of hell, with no regrets for you, and bring with you the entourage and your son-in-law.”.

Interestingly, “NBN” is affiliated with the team of Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who has a major political dispute with the Free Patriotic Movement.

The parliament was not in able to agree on a successor to Aoun, who has the power to sign bills, appoint new prime ministers and give the via free to government formations before parliament votes on them.

As was the case during more than half of Aoun’s tenure, Lebanon is currently ruled by a provisional government, with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati attempting to form a government six months ago.

Aoun is a deeply divisive figure, supported by some Christians who see him as their defender in the Lebanese sectarian system, but his critics accuse him of fostering corruption and helping Hezbollah gain influence.

Aoun assumed the presidency in 2016, with the support of “Hezbollah” and Maronite Christian political rival Samir Geagea in an agreement that restored the eminent politician of the time, Saad Hariri, as prime minister.

Aoun’s six-year presidency saw the Lebanese army fight against ISIS groups on the Syrian border in 2017, with the help of Hezbollah, the adoption of a new proportional electoral law in 2018 and the start of major operations. exploratory drilling of energy companies in offshore areas in 2020.

In his last week at the palace, Aoun signed a US-brokered agreement to delimit Lebanon’s southern maritime border with Israel.

For some Lebanese, those modest successes pale in comparison to the 2019 financial meltdown that plunged more than 80 percent of the population into poverty and led to the largest anti-government protests in modern history.

Aoun’s warrant was also closely linked to the August 4, 2020 explosion in the port of Beirut, which resulted in the deaths of more than 220 people.

Aoun in He later claimed to be aware of the chemicals (nitrates) stored there and told Reuters on Saturday in an interview that his presidential powers were not broad enough to deal with the economic crisis.

Aoun, the son of a farmer from a Beirut suburb, began his path to presidency in the 1975-1990 civil war, during which he served as commander of the Lebanese army and head of one of the two governments. in competition.

Aoun returned to Beirut after 15 years of exile as Syrian forces withdrew under international pressure following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

In 2006, the Aoun Free Patriotic Movement formed an alliance with Hezbollah, which provided significant Christian support to the armed group. In his interview with “Reuters”, Aoun felt that the credit goes to “Hezbollah” for its “useful” role in acting as a “deterrent” against possible Israeli attacks during maritime border talks.