Bassil: Electricity Plan’s Approval is a Victory for Lebanon
Energy Minister Jebran Bassil said the approval of the electricity project was not a victory for any party inside the cabinet but a victory for Lebanon and the government itself.
On Wednesday, the cabinet approved the electricity project proposed by him with several amendments including the allocation of the $1.2 billion funds in four installments, rather than in one payment.
“What happened is not a victory for the Free Patriotic Movement or any other team inside the cabinet. On the contrary, it expresses the victory of Lebanon and the government by respecting its policy statement that calls for a solution to the electricity crisis,” Bassil told An Nahar and As Safir newspapers.
Asked if the FPM had made major compromises for the consensual approval of the plan, Bassil said that from the start his party wanted to provide power to the citizens.
Now comes the role of the parliament to endorse the project, he said. “The consensus inside the cabinet was necessary to guarantee a majority support in the parliament as the opposition is ferociously seeking to topple the plan.”