The information could make people smile if it weren’t symbolic for a deeply divided country, already mired in a deep political and economic crisis. Lebanon woke up Sunday, March 26, divided over the time change, as part of the country refused to comply with the government’s decision to delay the transition to summer for a month.
And the resigned government of Najib Mikati took this decision on Thursday, without giving reasons, two days before the scheduled transition to summer, as is the case on every Sunday of last March.
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The measure was interpreted as aiming to shorten the day of the fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday, angering Christian politicians and religious leaders. The Maronite Patriarchate, the most powerful Christian denomination in Lebanon, condemned the decision “Taken without consultation” He declared that he would not comply. Patriarchy “They took this position so as not to increase Lebanon’s isolation.”His spokesman, Walid Ghayad, told AFP.
“Never has a country like Lebanon fallen so quickly and so low. The priority is to elect a president.”
The decision (and the very short deadline for its implementation) has caused disruptions to international flights or foreign-related institutions, as many countries switched to daylight savings time on Sunday. The national airline, Middle East Airlines, announced this Introduce scheduled flight times by one hour. from Beirut.
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The powerful network of Catholic schools has indicated that its institutions will follow daylight savings time starting Monday. Two of the largest private television channels, MTV and LBCI, also switched to daylight savings time from Saturday to Sunday, explaining that the government’s decision would have affected their operations.
“If the state had made this decision a month ago and not 48 hours ago, there would have been no problem.”LBCI CEO Pierre Daher told AFP, expressing his regret over the issue “A sectarian shift,” she immediately laments.
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The two main Christian parties, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Court, protested against the decision of the prime minister, who has led the country since the end of the term of the President of the Republic, a Maronite Christian, for nearly five months.
The resigned prime minister, who is a Sunni Muslim, did not explain the reasons for his decision. But a video leaked on social media shows Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a Shiite Muslim, telling him not to switch to daylight saving time to allow people who fast during Ramadan, which lasts from sunrise to sunset, to break their fast an hour earlier.
The case sparked a torrent of sarcastic comments on social media, with one netizen even asking if ‘A new civil war’ You will break out because of this conflict.
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