Hariri Gives Parties 3 Days to Back His Reforms, Says Obstacles Put in His Way

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday gave the country’s political parties a 72-hour ultimatum to back his reform agenda, in the face of unprecedented massive protests that have brought the country to a standstill.

“The country is going through an unprecedented situation. The pain of the Lebanese is real and I support every peaceful protest,” Hariri said in an address to the nation.

"I'm setting a very short deadline. Either our partners in the coalition government give a clear, decisive and final response to convince me, the Lebanese people and the international community... that everyone has decided on reforms, or I will have something else to say," he added, suggesting that he might step down.

“I do not regret the political settlement, because my duty was to protect the country,” the PM said.

Commenting on the sweeping anti-government protests, some of which have turned violent, Hariri said anger is “a natural response to the political performance in Lebanon and the obstruction of the state's work.”

“All kinds of obstacles were put in the way of all the reform efforts that I proposed,” the premier lamented.

He said the “real solution” is to “boost the country's revenues through restoring the economy's growth.”

“Reforms do not stand for imposing taxes,” he noted.

“What's important is how to address this situation and find solutions,” he said, adding that for three years now he has been trying to “address the reasons behind the people's pain.”

Timeline
  • 18 October 2019, 18:56

    Hariri: I give our partners in the country 72 hours to offer a clear answer about the solution or else I will make another announcement.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:52

    Hariri: I do not regret the political settlement, because my duty was to protect the country.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:50

    Hariri: Anger is a natural response to the political performance in Lebanon and the obstruction of the state's work.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:48

    Hariri: All kinds of obstacles were put in the way of all the reform efforts that I proposed.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:47

    Hariri: The real solution is to boost the country's revenues through restoring the economy's growth.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:46

    Hariri: Reforms do not stand for imposing taxes.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:45

    Hariri: What's important is how to address this situation and find solutions.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:43

    Hariri: I've been trying for three years to address the reasons behind the people's pain.

  • 18 October 2019, 18:43

    Hariri: The country is going through an unprecedented situation. The pain of the Lebanese is real and I support every peaceful protest.

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Comments 14
Thumb s.o.s 18 October 2019, 18:48

Hariri dégage!
Pain dégage!
Baddik crève !

Thumb s.o.s 18 October 2019, 18:48

Bassil

Thumb s.o.s 18 October 2019, 18:59

Aoun dégage!

Thumb enterprise 18 October 2019, 18:50

Go kill yourself

Thumb libanaisresilient 18 October 2019, 23:41

Lol... yes best solution.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 18 October 2019, 19:01

Never has Lebanon known or seen a prime minister as competent as this one, ever!

Missing thatisit 18 October 2019, 19:04

The problem is that he was dishonest and bassil and hassin played him out. Nice guy but not fit to be a PM.

Thumb libanaisresilient 18 October 2019, 19:10

He is a Loser and tried to recover from his Finanancial losses as Losers use to, resorted to corruption schemes to fill his pockets with the cooperation of his associates! He is no better than any other, maybe more stupid but still like all of them.

Thumb whyaskwhy 18 October 2019, 21:31

He was always played since the day he came to power in the shadow of his dads death. Syria and Iran played him well and as he lacked experience and education he was also played by his own team. On another hand though even if he had the best plan up his sleeve ready for his 72 hour miracle no one in the government will approve right now. After all Syria and Iran would rather see Lebanon go the bottom of the hubs of hell than see it move forward. A technocrat government may work short term but no serious future will come out of it for Lebanon. Darned if we and darned if we dont....

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 18 October 2019, 20:19

He lost the minute he put the political settlement with Aoun/Bassil ahead of the nation.

Thumb devnull_666 18 October 2019, 21:16

72 hours? You've had the country through the back orifice for decades, axholes. Now admit your corruption, resign and let a new, technocratic, competent generation take over.

Thumb libanaisresilient 18 October 2019, 23:49

This individual was appointed as Leader of the Government and now, Publicly admits his incompetence to carry out his own duties! Basically this Dumb ass said he has no ability to do his job and find a solution, he expects that within 72 hours his subordinates find that solution for him... what a Clown!

Thumb thepatriot 19 October 2019, 00:03

Why would he be the only one to resign! This would solve nothing!
Aoun... out!
Berri... out!
Bassil... rawsss!
Murr...
All Ebola thugs... a la casa!! (You are welcome in Syria, or Iran... your true country)

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 October 2019, 17:07

He could not fix a one night stand with a south African prostitute and it ended up costing him $16MM his fans think he can fix a nation who is in debt in over $80BB??
All out!