Lebanon’s political parties ride in with light-giving fuel

In late July, Aley’s generator owners sounded a now familiar alarm: they were out of diesel, and if no fuel could be sourced, the lights would be out within 24 hours.

Aley’s anxiety was quickly assuaged, however. The local political heavyweight, the Progressive Socialist Party, stepped in — a knight atop a diesel truck — saying it would supply fuel the following day.

The party proved as good as its word. The next day, a representative for the generator owners in the Aley area had indeed received 20,000 liters of diesel and that four more truckloads were on their way to other nearby towns.