Lebanon’s presidential vacuum signals more trouble to come


Lebanon (MNN) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun ended his term last week, but parliament has not yet chosen his replacement. Some fear that the power vacuum could delay aid promised by the International Monetary Fund.

Wissam Nasrallah with the Society for Education and Social Development (LSSESD) said: “Although we have already had a presidential vacation, this is the first time that the government is not empowered to make decisions, because it is an interim government. Most likely, we will face a prolonged power vacuum.

“This country is going through hyperinflation, massive currency devaluation and population exodus.”

The Lebanese have mixed feelings about Aoun, a Maronite Christian. Some saw him as a defender of the Christian community. Others blamed him for participating in the 1975-1990 civil war in Lebanon.

Nasrallah says, “His presidency was marked by a lot of turmoil and change in the country. Lebanon is going through an unprecedented crisis. He’s not the only one to blame for that. »

The future of Lebanon

Nasrallah expects more people to leave Lebanon in the coming months. Nasrallah says, “If you want to be optimistic, we could say that some people might come back when things get better. But many of those who leave are fleeing in despair and leaving the country with many wounds. I’m not too optimistic that many of them will return.

The longer they leave, the more difficult it will be to rebuild the Lebanese economy in the future.

LSESD provides education to children who otherwise would not have access to it. Nasrallah says, “Especially within the relief and development branch, MERATH, we have about eight non-formal education centers across the country that cater mainly to Syrian refugee children. These programs are run by the local church.

In a situation that seems hopeless, pray that the care of Lebanese Christians will be directed to Jesus.

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The header photo shows children at the Baptist school in Beirut, run by the LSESD. (Photo courtesy of LSESD on Facebook)

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