Parliament secretariat fails to break deadlock over legislative session agenda

by Annahar Staff

27 October 2015 | 19:17

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Last update: 27 October 2015 | 19:17

Berri chairs meeting of Parliament's secretariat in Ain el-Tineh

Speaker Nabih adjourned Tuesday a meeting of the parliament's secretariat to November 3 after lawmakers from rival parliamentary blocs failed to reach an agreement over the agenda of the general assembly's upcoming meeting.

Berri, who chaired the secretariat's meeting at his residence in Ain el-Tineh, insists on holding a legislative session to ratify a number of draft laws pertaining to public finances and funding for infrastructure projects.

Parliament hasn't met since it voted to extend its term by more than two and a half years on November 5, 2014 amid sharp differences over the election of a new president. The presidential impasse prompted Berri to seek consensus over holding a legislative sessions to pass a number of laws dubbed as urgent.

However, disagreements persist among Lebanese political parties over which items should be given priority on the agenda of a general assembly meeting.

Lawmakers from the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement insist parliament endorses first a new electoral law and ratifies a bill that entitles people from Lebanese origin to reclaim their nationality.

Deputy Speaker Farid Makari told reporters after the secretariat's meeting that lawmakers will discuss the agenda of a future legislative session during the course of the week in a bid to break the political deadlock before the secretariat's next meeting.

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra, however, reiterated that LF lawmakers will only attend a legislative session if the electoral law is part of the agenda.

Earlier in the day, LF MP Elie Kayrouz and Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan signed a draft law that would entitle people from Lebanese origin to reclaim their nationality.

The draft law stipulates that the applicant should be a descendant of a Lebanese male citizen.

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