BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri has set a Parliament session on October 17 to clarify the status of Article 95 of the Lebanese Constitution following President Michel Aoun's request for clarification.
Aoun addressed a letter to Berri earlier this week seeking clarification on Article 95, which stipulates the creation of a national committee to eliminate sectarianism in Lebanese state institutions, including the judiciary, military and security institutions with the exception of top posts.
The request came in the wake of Aoun withholding his signature from the 2019 state budget. Aoun later issued the budget law but his office cited confusion over the hotly-contested Article 80 of the law which pertains to the employment of applicants who passed necessary Civil Service exams but were not hired due to sectarian imbalances, a complication arising from the legally mandated sectarian quotas in the public sector.
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