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Lebanon protests .. Nasrallah criticizes the demands of the Movement and Berri postpone a session of parliament

2019-11-11T14:46:03.656Z



Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said there are many demands in the movement in Lebanon that are not unanimous, and that the party does not have to announce any position on the formation of the government, while Speaker Nabih Berri announced the postponement of a legislative session scheduled for tomorrow.

Nasrallah said in a televised speech on the occasion of his martyr's day that one of the movement's unanimous demands is to abolish sectarianism and demand a new election law.

Nasrallah said that the fight against corruption in Lebanon needs an independent and impartial judge who is not subject to the pressure of politicians.

He pointed out that meetings are ongoing and consultations are ongoing on the formation of a new government - after the resignation of the government of Saad Hariri - and said that Hezbollah does not have to declare any position on the formation of the government.

In the meantime, protesters protested in front of a number of official institutions in Lebanon to denounce the financial policies, and demand the formation of an expert government and the holding of early parliamentary elections.

In front of the Central Bank
Protesters protested in front of the central bank in the capital Beirut, and raised Lebanese flags and banners denouncing the financial and monetary policies that they said the bank adopted years ago, and that it came to the benefit of banks.

This comes in light of a large liquidity crisis and scarcity in the dollar, and after banks set a ceiling on the amounts that can be withdrawn, and restricting transfers from the Lebanese pound to the dollar, which caused panic among depositors and traders who pay suppliers to the dollar.

The exchange rate of the US dollar against the Lebanese pound has been fixed since 1999 at 1507.5 pounds to the dollar, while its appreciation since last September to reach 1900 pounds, which raised concern and fear among the Lebanese.

The Council of the Union of Bank Employees in Lebanon, announced a general strike in the banking sector starting from Tuesday morning until the return to calm to the general situation, while security forces took strict measures in the vicinity of the Central Bank.

Protesters also protested in front of the electricity company building in Beirut to demand the disclosure of what they called corruption in this sector, and demanded the restoration of what they called looted funds.

Dozens of protesters are overnight in tents erected in front of the EDL, the sector that constitutes the main waste and cost the state treasury last year $ 1.8 billion, according to the Ministry of Finance. Hundreds of people gathered at night knocking "pots" in front of the institution chanting "revolution revolution."

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A reassuring message
For his part, Governor of Banque du Liban Riad Salameh stressed the bank's ability to maintain the stability of the Lebanese pound despite the exceptional circumstances in the country.

Salameh said in a press conference that the deposits are protected in Lebanese banks, denying the existence of any laws that deduct from these deposits or impose restrictions on remittances.

He added that the bank bears the results of the economic and financial situation in Lebanon, and called for the approval of the budget next year without any deficit.

Salameh said that the previous resignation announced by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia in November 2017 had a negative impact on the Lebanese economy and markets.

The Lebanese parliament was scheduled to hold a legislative session on Tuesday, demanded that the demonstrators to be public and carried on the air, but Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced the postponement of the session until 19 of this month.

Berri said in a televised speech, "We aim to form an inclusive government that does not exclude mobility," saying that the campaign against the legislative session of the Council tomorrow aimed at continuing the vacuum in institutions.

Under the pressure of the street, Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on 29 October, with Lebanese President Michel Aoun not yet setting a date for the start of binding parliamentary consultations to form a new government. The next, which demands the majority of demonstrators to include new faces of specialists and independents of the parties of power.

Source: aljazeera

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