French elite sensibilities have been offended, leading to the formation of a new government in Paris, while the Pakistani government has been given a “high noon” warning from a protest leader to get out of government or else.
French government dissolved
French President Francois Hollande dissolved his government after a spat between the prime minister and economy minister erupted – gasp – in plain public view.
France, with a government debt to GDP level exceeding 91 percent, has had effectively no economic growth during 2014 as Hollande’s approval ratings tanked into the basement near the low teens. The country is under pressure to get its fiscal house in order – typically code words for “start managing your debt crisis.”
According to a USA Today report, Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg questioned the obvious: how can lower government spending and austerity, which the European Union pressed for, jump start economic growth. It can’t, of course.
As his behind the scenes arguments were apparently not being addressed, Montebourg took the issue public – which resulted in the real slap in the face.
“A major change in our economy policy,” from the president and prime minister, the quote shockingly uttered in public by Montebourg, is the sin that lead to the government crisis.
It was this questioning of the behind the scenes elite discussion that was a real problem. “With those words, Montebourg drew the anger of the Socialist leadership, which said Montebourg’s job was to support the government, not criticize it from within,” USA today wrote.
In other words, bringing logical issues that the public should be aware of – bringing these critical issues into the public realm – and questioning the financial elite as they apparently chart an economic path to nowhere, is now cause for a major change in government.
Tahir-ul-Qadri threatens Pakistan’s government
In Pakistan, an apparent different path is unfolding.
Pakistani cleric and opposition leader Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, whose Pakistan Awami Tehreek party professes to promote democracy and human rights, has told the existing government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pack up and go home or face consequences.
“Go home in these 48 hours,” Qadri was quoted in a Bloomberg article saying in a speech to supporters in Islamabad today. “I will not be responsible for what happens after that.”
The protests led by Qadri and opposition leader Imran Khan almost turned violent last week, as reported in ValueWalk. Pakistan’s government perhaps thought better of turning the protest into an international incident and allowed the protesters to camp on the steps of parliament.
At issue are charges that Sharif rigged the election and the prime minister is being called to step down during the investigation period.
Today pro-government demonstrators are expected to demonstrate and ultimately confront the anti-government forces in a potential clash not between military and protesters, but protesters against pro government forces, a much different media spin.