The toppling of the Lebanese government last year and its overtake by Hezbollah and its allies has not brought any major change or improvement of government efficiency. Almost a year later, the cabinet has not addressed some of the main challenges facing the country, leaving many citizens dismayed at its lacking performance.
A heated debate on Lebanon's power sector revealed huge cracks in the new cabinet, raising questions about its stability in the face of upcoming political challenges.
A week after its announcement, the cabinet has not yet finalized the ministerial statement, upon which Parliament gives or denies it its vote of confidence.
Five months of political void in Lebanon ended with the appointment of thirty new ministers led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati. In a return to the pre-Cedar Revolution era, the new line-up is comprised mainly of ministers close to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime.
With the summer season around the corner, concern is growing in Lebanon about the effects of the delay in government formation on the economy. Prime Minister Designate Najib Mikati has been unsuccessful in brokering a deal among the different political forces taking part in the cabinet, and the talks have dragged for three months with no solution.
While the world's eyes are turned to Egypt, many in Lebanon are reminded of their 2005 revolt against foreign hegemony. Today, as they the Lebanese prepare for the sixth anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Syria and Hezbollah have instated their preferred candidate for Lebanon's premiership and invited the rest of the Lebanese factions to join.
The recent uprising in Egypt has split the Lebanese into sympathizers and critics of the current Egyptian regime. While some are backing the protesters, others have been more conservative in their stances, reluctant to withdraw their support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The champions of the revolution include Hezbollah and its allies.