Since he took office as Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri has faced a number of dilemmas. His ability to continue to manage them will have a bearing on his political popularity in the run-up to Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to be held, after multiple postponements, in spring next year.
Michael Young is opinion editor of The Daily Star. He tweets @BeirutCalling.
Lebanon is nearing the end of parliament’s term on June 30 without any agreement over a new election law. Hovering over the current impasse lies a more disturbing reality. Hizbollah, Lebanon’s strongest party, has used the discord over the law to undermine any chance for the Lebanese state to consolidate its authority at the party’s expense.