Following the deadly blast at the port this month, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament called on Monday for an end to the country’s sectarian political system.
Calling for “the total collapse of the political and economic structure”, Nabih Berri said in a televised speech “there must be a change in this sectarian system”.
Berri said the sect-based political quota system in the country was “corrupt,” adding: “This was the reason for the failure to implement more than 54 laws, which is an injustice and a lack of affiliation with Lebanon and it is necessary to get rid of it. “
Lebanon was devastated by a bloody 15-year civil war that began in 1975.
Under the 1989 Ta’if Accord, which ended the conflict, ministerial portfolios were shared among the country’s major ethno-religious groups, with six portfolios reserved for Sunni Muslims, six for Shia Muslims and three for Druze. .
Berri stressed the need for “the investigation of the explosion at the port to proceed without delay and without haste”.
He said the explosion would be “a test for the judiciary and an opportunity for it to achieve independence and cleanse itself from political interference.”
“Some politicians did not feel the tragedy of the people and acted as if nothing had happened,” he added.
On August 4, a massive explosion took place in the port of the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing 182, over 6,000 injured and hundreds missing, as well as massive property damage and losses estimated at $ 15 billion. according to official figures.
Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Berri accused the region of seeking to “isolate Palestine, Judaize the city of Jerusalem, make the ‘deal of the century’ and annex the Palestinian Jordan Valley to Israel.”
He stressed that “Palestine was and will remain a priority in our conscience”.
Last January, US President Donald Trump announced the so-called “deal of the century,” which refers to Jerusalem as “the undivided capital of Israel” and recognizes Israeli sovereignty over much of the West Bank.
The plan calls for the creation of a balkanized Palestinian state in the form of an archipelago linked by bridges and tunnels.
* Written by Mahmoud Barakat
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