Lebanese MP Steps Down...After Illegally Extending Term For 3 Years

Tripoli MP Robert Fadel, who inherited the ABC department store/mall franchise from his dad, resigned from his position because there weren't any fellow Christians elected to the Tripoli municipality. Cute. Very, very cute.

His term should have ended 3 years ago

Lebanon's parliament has been illegally extending its term since the summer of 2013. People have been arrested and beaten up on the streets for protesting against their extension, as well as government corruption, most notably via its privatized waste collection services Sukleen. Fadel WILLINGLY stayed as MP this whole time. This means that in addition to the other MPs who illegally 'earned' salaries via our tax money, he was one of them too. He showed no interest in trying to hold parliamentary elections.

In fact, before the garbage protests in the summer of 2015, he called for a protest for Lebanon's illegitimate government to elect a president. I tried to find a brief conversation on Twitter I had with him where I questioned the initiative, especially given that he doesn't mention his illegally extended term as MP. Sadly, I couldn't find it, but here is a screenshot of the tweet he spent a good chunk of money sponsoring.

Who do you serve?

Some will say because he supports entrepreneurship and startup endeavors in Tripoli that Robert Fadel isn't part of Lebanon's so-called 'political class' (how I hate that term)...whether or not you believe that Lebanon's private sector is the solution (which it isn't), it's 2016. If Fadel was elected to serve as MP for Tripoli, he is there to serve all of Tripoli- not just its Christians. Same with the new municipality he is so upset with (not that I like them myself).

Sectarianism is (unfortunately) working

How about this for a good dose of sectarianism?

 

With the rise of extremism and fascistic movements in the Middle East and Europe, it's safe to say that the sectarianism card will work, especially among small groups who fear that they will be eaten up by ISIS next. It's also very relevant in Tripoli, where much of its population is living through more or less the worst conditions in Lebanon...

But hey, improving socioeconomic conditions through stronger public services and living conditions apparently is NOT the solution, even if that's what many in Tripoli are saying.