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The Lebanese public have become accustomed to political
stasis with a lack of effective executive power in the country’s
parliament becoming the norm these days.
After a period of over two years without a president, a
position constitutionally ascribed to a Maronite Christian, Freedom and
Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, was finally nominated to the position at the beginning of November.
Over a month after his appointment the the cabinet is still needed yet to establish a cabinet due in part to political wrangling between the country's rival political parties.
While Aoun's son-in-law and political heir apparent, current acting Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil,
has said that all of Lebanon’s diverse political parties will be
represented in a future cabinet, members of the Lebanese public have
grown tired of waiting.
This is certainly the case for Mohamed and Omar Kabbani,
identical twins, who together form renowned Lebanese graffiti crew
Rather than embrace apathy, Ashekman have come up with
their own tongue in cheek critique of the current status quo of
They have offered a critique of current realities in the
form of a poll calling on fellow Lebanese citizens to nominate their
choices for various cabinet positions from a shortlist of fictional
characters chosen by the pair.
Examples include Batman for Justice Minister, Optimus
Prime for Transport Minister, Daenerys Targaryen as Interior Minister,
and even Yoda, of Star Wars fame, as Education Minister.
In a statement posted on their Facebook page the duo
state: “Ashekman strongly believes that we should be allowed to form our
own government, even if it's filled with fictional characters … Because
let's face it, fictional characters have never let us down”
You can see more on Ashekman’s Facebook page here, and make your own suggestions.