Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun revealed on Tuesday that he has not yet decided whether he will accept Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas’ resignation.
He said after the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: “The dispute over the transportation allowance is now between us and Nahhas.”
“The government no longer has anything to do with the dispute and we have taken our time in handling the issue in order to preserve the rights of employers and employees,” he explained.
“We thank him for his service and high competency in his work,” added the MP.
“His circumstances no longer allow him to continue on working with us,” Aoun continued.
The FPM leader recounted the developments that led to Nahhas’ resignation, saying that two days before the government approved the wage hike, the Shura Council had convened to eliminate a number of illegal laws.
“We therefore supported his rejection of the transportation allowance and began to find ways to resolve the dispute,” he added.
He revealed that an agreement was reached between him, Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Najib Miqati over a draft law on the allowance.
“We have respected the law and, with all respect to Nahhas, no one’s will is more powerful than the Change and Reform bloc,” stressed Aoun.
The MP concluded the meeting by implying that he would accept Nahhas’ resignation, by saying: “His replacement will be from the FPM.”
Nahhas informed Aoun on Tuesday his intention to resign after refusing to sign the transportation allowance decree.
OTV denied that Nahhas had submitted his resignation to Miqati; however, if the reports were true, then acting Labor Minister Nicolas Fattoush will be required to sign the decree.
The transportation allowance decree is at the center of a dispute between Miqati and Nahhas, who refuses to sign the decision for allegedly being “illegal.”
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