What’s up in the MENA Region? Hariri’s designation, Libyan ceasefire, Elections in Egypt and Muslim boycott over France 


On October 22, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming a new Government. Thanks to 65 votes at the Lebanese Parliament PM Hariri obtained the majority and, speaking at the press, ensured the new Government would be formed by non-partisan experts in the framework of the French initiative.  



The UN Acting-Special Representative for Libya Stephanie Williams announced that on October 23 Libyans parts agreed on permanent ceasefire during the 5+5 Joint Military Committee in Geneve. The Libyan parts also agreed for the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries within three months 


Muslim Boycott of French products 

Several Arab companies and trade associations announced a boycott of French products after that French President Emmanuel Macron described Islam as a religion in crisis and defended the freedom of expression in his country.  


Egyptian Elections   

On October 24, parliamentary elections in Egypt have started. They will last several weeks, and the results will be announced in December. The Parliament is set to be dominated by pro-government candidates, that support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.   



In Yemen, tension rises after that the military spokesman of the Iran-backed movement Houthis announced the targeting of the Saudi Jizan and Abha airports and the Khamis Mushait base. The announcement comes after the Saudi-led coalition declared to have intercepted three drones from the Houthis directed to Saudi Arabia.