Lebanon: blackout during confidence session for new cabinet

Premier Miqati to OK rescue plan for country

20 September, 12:44

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEP 20 - The much anticipated session of the Lebanese parliament on Monday morning to vote confidence in the new government led by Premier Najib Miqati was interrupted by a prolonged power outage, local media reports.

    The blackout, which lasted a few minutes, left in the dark the room of the Unesco theater where parliament has been gathering for months temporarily to protect lawmakers amid insistent protests near the historic and central house in Place de l'Etoile.

    Lebanon's financial collapse has led to the prolonged absence of essential services including fuel and electricity. Over the next few days the third and last provision of 'Iranian gas' is expected. Its entry through Syria is facilitated by Hezbollah and occurs without the formal authorization of Lebanese authorities, said al Manar television, of pro-Iranian Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

    The Miqati government, whose formation was announced ten days ago and which is expected to receive parliament's vote of confidence today, has proposed a 'rescue' plan for the country to be implemented over a year and a half, by the next legislative elections scheduled in May 2022. (ANSAmed).

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