Lebanon prime minister and government step down after Beirut explosion
Lebanon marked a moment of silence today. One week after that massive explosion in Beirut. The blast killed more than 160 people and injured thousands more. It's also broke down brought down the current government. Rommie Corey is a senior fellow and professor of journalism at the American University in Beirut. And Rami, a prime minister and the entire Cabinet resigning seems significant. But what do you think this will lead to real reform in Lebanon? The kind of change that protesters are asking for. The resignation of the Cabinet is significant only in the sense that it was forced by the demonstrations. The intensity of the demonstrations. It's not significant in the modern history of Lebanon because the ruling elite who had their sectarian parties and have run the country like oligarchy click for the last 25 years. They just get together and pick out new Cabinet ministers and new prime minister and they reappoint the Cabinet and the same policies tend to continue. That's been the pattern so far. This is what the protesters want to break. They want to break this pattern. And put in a proper effective, clean, efficient and accountable government that works according to the rule of law and can address the many problems off a country that isn't collapse. So it's significant on one level, but at another level of modern will depend on what happens next. That system that you're talking about that power sharing structure that click as you called it. Has been blamed for the country's past political instability in division. So what happens now? Will there be new elections and well those elections be enough. You're going to get a lot of jockeying for position and jockeying for power and a lot of nonsense being spoken by a lot of people. The bottom line is there's only two really powers in the country and now one is the mass of citizens who are protesting and who demand real change. So the protesters in one hand and then the political power Really the sectarian leaders, mainly Hezbollah, on the other hand, will negotiate. The protesters want significant really change? This is what really we have to keep our eye on. Will the government that's formed? Whoever it is? Will it have the really authority to address the rial crisis issues and we will find that out? I think in the coming month or two, you know, Lebanon has a long history of political unrest that the dates back Decades, and you mentioned the people there. They've been living it. They know it. But I want to ask you about some touch points that may have led to this point. I mean, many people know that thousands of people died and A brutal civil war in Lebanon between 75 in 1990. I mean, did the agreement that ended that war set the stage in a way for what's happening today? The ending of the war was simply the latest turning point that adjusted. The balance of power in the parliament made it 50% question 50% Muslim, But these are just minor points really. Compared to the bigger points, which is that the people who have actually been in the seats of power have been terrible rulers on they've essentially become super rich. Without addressing the needs ofthe the people as the people have become super port, but the the root cause it's both domestic politics. Regional politics, which is mostly Israel and Iran and Syria and Saudi Arabia and other people who Interfere and Lebanon and global politics back in the Cold War.