On Tuesday morning, oil supplies at Lebanon’s last operational power plant in Deir Ammar ran out, leaving the country in the dark.

During the legislative elections, Lebanon depleted its oil supplies, which it buys from Iraq, to ensure that power was maintained throughout the process. The country must wait until the end of the week for an oil tanker to arrive, then wait until the oil is tested before it can be unloaded.

The Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment has announced that it has been “reluctantly forced” to impose “severe and draconian” water rationing at the two locations.

Pumping stations are unable to provide water due to a lack of diesel, rising prices, and widespread power outages, according to authorities, who warn of additional deterioration. The water authority further stated that if any pumping station were to fail, obtaining the necessary funding to restore it would be nearly difficult.

For many years, the Lebanese have supplied alternatives to fundamental government services, including a mass market for power producers. Hundreds of thousands, however, can no longer afford any of these options.

On the black market, the local currency hit a new low on Tuesday, trading at 34,100 Lebanese pounds to the dollar.
On Tuesday, pharmacy owners conducted a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Health, demanding “the implementation of legislation governing the delivery of medicines to pharmacies and combating the phenomena of drug smuggling outside Lebanon, particularly to Syria.”

Patients are being vulnerable to various sorts of fraud, according to Dr. Joe Salloum, head of the Pharmacists’ Syndicate. “Some cancer patients purchased counterfeit medicines, while the state and ministry fail to devise a comprehensive plan to offer vital, high-quality medication.”

“Leaving room for smuggled and counterfeit medicine amid turmoil and fraud endangers patients’ lives, if they can afford to acquire any medicine at all,” he added.

Salloum claims that if the medicine card had been approved two years earlier, the whole situation could have been averted. “It appears as if there was a strategy to demolish the entire sector, including pharmacies, importing firms, and Lebanon’s medical identity.”

After failing to adopt an electrical plan, Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s administration has been placed in caretaker mode.
As MPs seek to find common ground with the new reformist MP wave, the situation in the newly elected parliament remains hazy.
Mikati said that Energy Minister Walid Fayyad obstructed General Electric and Siemens’ attempts to supply Lebanon with electricity at a reasonable price after reaching an agreement with foreign parties.

Fayyad, according to Mikati, removed the item from the Cabinet’s agenda 15 minutes before the last session on May 21, stating that the offers needed “additional consideration.”

Mikati continued on pursuing the matter and challenged Fayyad to “identify the person who asked him to withdraw the item from the Cabinet’s agenda and why,” an apparent reference to Gebran Bassil, the FPM’s leader.

“The government had decided to negotiate with four international companies, namely Ensaldo, Mitsubishi, General Electric, and Siemens, on the possibility of providing Lebanon with generators needed to produce permanent 24-hour electricity,” Mikati said, adding that “General Electric and Siemens, in agreement with international groups, made offers to supply Lebanon with electricity before next summer at a very reasonable price, even about the price of gas for energy production.”

“The expense of preparing the terms of reference was agreed upon with the French side but without any warning,” a source close to Mikati stated. President Michel Aoun’s political staff withdrew the file from the Cabinet’s agenda, refusing to claim victory in obtaining electricity for a government in which the FPM is not actively involved.”

The approaching elections and Lebanese-French collaboration in many spheres were discussed during Aoun’s meeting with Anne Grillo, the French ambassador to Lebanon, on Tuesday. Grillo expressed French President Emmanuel Macron’s unwavering support for Lebanon’s people.

He spoke about Mufti Sheikh Hassan Khaled, who was slain in an explosion targeting his convoy on May 16, 1989, during the Fifth Saudi-Lebanese Cultural Forum, held Monday evening at the residence of Walid Bukhari, the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon.
“His death was a foreshadowing of the assassination of the entire country of Lebanon, which is currently undergoing terrible circumstances, the most serious of which is the targeting of its Arab identity and ties with its Arab environment.”

In relation to the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Bukhari addressed the “martyrdom” of Lebanon and the Arab globe.

“We know Sheikh Khaled would be pleased with the outcome of the dignified elections and the annihilation of all symbols of betrayal, death, and hatred,” Bukhari stated.

Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian, Lebanon’s Grand Mufti, spoke at the forum, emphasizing Sheikh Khaled’s broad role “so that the political quorum and Beirut stay standing, lest the war’s divisions harm relations between Muslims and Christians, the sons of one nation.”


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