Hamadeh arrives at the Parliament Wednesday. The caretaker minister’s decision to reassign an appointee has sparked a tit-for-tat removal of civil servants. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese political parties are staffing state institutions with loyalists rather than professionals, undermining the efficient functioning of these institutions and sacrificing the national interest, two former ministers and an expert say.The issue began when PSP-affiliated caretaker Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh earlier this month reassigned FPM appointee Hilda El Khoury from her post as the head of the official exams department at the ministry.Shortly afterward, the FPM's caretaker Environment Minister Tarek Khatib removed Nizar Hani, the reportedly PSP-affiliated director of the Chouf Biosphere Reserve, from his post. "Control of employees is an essential part of political parties' aspirations to control the state and its apparatus, as well as to distribute goodies to their constituency," he told The Daily Star. But the latest round of musical chairs was dangerous, he said, because of the existing political and sectarian tensions between the FPM and the PSP. Because parties have over the years accumulated employees loyal to them across different ministries, any change in appointment by the politician heading the institution can open the door to retaliation, as was recently seen, Atallah said.
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