The “torrents” of criticism surround the Lebanese government and prolong Aoun’s term
Torrential rains besieged the Lebanese citizen, on Tuesday, as well as the repercussions of the presidential “vacuum”, after the parliament failed to elect a new president for the country.
On Tuesday, Lebanon witnessed heavy rains that flooded the main road linking the north of the country with the capital, Beirut, which led to traffic disruptions in the Keserwan region.
Those coming from northern Lebanon to Beirut found themselves stuck inside their cars, and the torrential rains led to huge material losses in cars and property.
Video clips showed hundreds of families stuck in the midst of torrents that swept roads, homes and shops, especially in the Keserwan coast area and the coastal city of Jounieh, while school children were stuck on transport buses in the middle of the torrents.
And the “National news Agency” reported that the eastern lane of the highway in the town of Nahr Ibrahim witnessed a suffocating traffic jam due to the heavy rains, and the town’s neighborhoods were flooded with torrential rains.
While many criticized the mayor and the Minister of Public Works in the caretaker government, Ali Hamiyeh, blaming him for what happened, Hamiyeh responded via Twitter: “A video from the Sahel Alma-Shnaniir region clearly shows where the water flows and exits from its course to the roads in the towns to form Seoul crossed it, sweeping dust with it to the highway.”
He added, “This is because of the encroachments on the winter waterways and ferries and their lack of monitoring by the competent authorities: the municipalities – the Ministry of Energy.”
Earlier, Hamiyah said: “It is our responsibility to international roads, and what happened on the Jounieh highway is not our responsibility, as it is because of torrential rains and encroachments.”
The torrential crisis sparked a wave of protest against the caretaker government, at a time when political forces found it an opportunity to criticize the term of outgoing President Michel Aoun.
The head of the Forces Party, Samir Geagea, asked in a tweet on his Twitter account: By drawing up a caretaker government: Does leaving the roads in the winter as rivers that carry cars and put citizens at the mercy of the unknown at a time when they are searching for a lost morsel, is it part of the caretaker government or not? ?
Representative Ziyad al-Hawat, a member of the Strong Republic bloc, confirmed, via Twitter: “With every low air depression, and humiliation of people on the roads, as if what is in it is not enough.”
And he added, “Doing business does not mean that the government watches people’s tragedies. It is required to mobilize all devices and capabilities to address the shortcomings, find solutions, and avoid repeating what happened today.”
The Kataeb Party MP, Salim Al-Sayegh, tweeted: “What is happening on the Keserwan-Al-Futuh roads is completely unacceptable. The Ministry of Works, the Higher Relief Commission and the Ministry of Interior must act immediately.”
He continued, “I ask everyone to cooperate with the municipalities to confront the floods and their repercussions. Keserwan is drowning.”
Others linked the torrential crisis with the deteriorating general situation in the country due to the presidential vacuum and the faltering formation of the government.
Representative Farid Haikal al-Khazen said: “The scene of the citizen trapped in the torrents is nothing but evidence of the fall of the state and the decay of its institutions, and the state of emptiness and lack of weight and responsibility.”
Al-Khazen added, through his Twitter account: “The time has come to rise above the conflicting private interests, and look at the dignity of a people suffering from neglect.”
And after the end of President Michel Aoun’s term on October 31, Lebanon is living a presidential vacancy, amid the absence of any signs of the end of that situation, especially after Parliament failed over the course of 7 sessions to elect a new president, while it is holding its eighth session tomorrow, Thursday, Amid expectations that it will be similar to the previous sessions due to the continued division of the political factions.