Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on 23 March that daylight saving time would be implemented on 20 April.
The government did not give any reason for the postponement of the application, which is started in March every year in order to benefit more from the daylight, but it is thought that this was realized due to the month of Ramadan.
In this framework, as of Sunday morning, Lebanon’s official time did not change, and daylight saving time was automatically applied on phones and watches.
The Christian Maronite Church in Lebanon, in a statement on the subject, announced that they will not comply with the decision to implement the clock, which should be changed but postponed today.
In the statement, it was argued that they were not consulted about taking the decision, international standards and the consultations of other parties were not taken into account.
After the church’s announcement, it was reported from Christian NGOs, schools and parties that the government’s time decision would not be followed and that “summer time” would be adopted.
Beirut-based LBCI and MTV television channels also announced that they would not comply with the decision “to benefit more from daylight”.
Lebanon’s airline company “Middle East Airlines” announced that they will implement the government’s decision, but that they will operate the flights in accordance with international times.
State-owned GSM companies also reminded their subscribers in a message that “phones and clocks are automatically put forward, but citizens can change this manually”.