Berri Warns: No One Can Paralyze Parliament

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Speaker Nabih Berri stressed that no side could prevent the parliament from legislating, warning that he could call for a session within 24 hours, which would enjoy the necessary quorum.

“I can call for a parliamentary session within 24 hours and more than 70 lawmakers, from all the Lebanese spectrum, including those who are threatening to boycott, would attend,” Berri's visitors quoted him as saying in comments published in al-Joumhouria newspaper on Monday.

However, the speaker stressed that he will not make such a move as he takes into consideration the Maronite stance and the National Pact, calling on those who are boycotting to back down on their stance.

“They should abide by the norms of legislation,” he pointed out.

“No one will be able to paralyze the parliament.”

The speaker has been recently annoyed with the Christian parliamentary blocs' decision to boycott a session that he intends to call for to approve urgent issues, including the wage scale for the public sector and the food safety draft-law.

The Lebanese Forces and its old-time rival the Free Patriotic Movement will boycott the session over the agenda, while the Kataeb party rejects to attend the session as the “parliament should be only considered as an electoral body and not a legislature” in the absence of a president.

Berri has been threatening to dissolve the parliament to press lawmakers to carry out their Constitutional duties during the assembly's ordinary session, despite his knowledge that such a move is impossible amid the presidential vacuum.

Parliament convenes twice a year in two ordinary sessions -- the first starts mid-March until the end of May and the second from the middle of October through the end of December.

The vacuum striking the presidential post is having a tough impact on the cabinet and the parliament as the state is threatened with further crises over ongoing rows between the rival parties.

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Comments 12
Thumb whyaskwhy 11 May 2015, 08:36

You de man Berry Berry, now go after grandpa Clown and tell him show up or paycheck for him and his family.

Thumb marcus 11 May 2015, 09:47

I wonder what Berri has to say seeing his militia is involved in the qalamoun battles.

Thumb justin 11 May 2015, 16:17

مصادر إعلامية لبنانية تؤكد وصول عناصر من حركة أمل الشيعية إلى القلمون للمشاركة في المعارك إلى جانب ميليشيا حزب الله ضد الثوار

Thumb blablablablabla 11 May 2015, 10:15

Sorry Naharnet but according to your Loyalty, you should be putting this info on your frontpage and headlines, "National News Agency: Unknown individuals torched a billboard containing a salutation to the Saudi leadership from al-Mustaqbal movement in the vicinity of Sidon's Martyrs Square, in the second such incident in a week." and besides that you should be keeping it few days, maybe you would get few pennies for it.

Missing georgeskyp 11 May 2015, 10:43

Perhaps he forgot when he closed the parliament for almost 2 years.

Lebanese politicians disgust me.

Missing mohammad_ca 11 May 2015, 13:47

Tid7ak bala snen bas ma 7azaret

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 May 2015, 12:24

Thanks flame for reminding about Berry and closing parliament for 2 years. I do recall that Berry is the leader of Amal and as such is aligned with Kizb and Clown by default as the country still runs on religiously driven empirical rations. But as I have said to you before I could not give a hoot about M14 or M16 or M8. As for as I am concerned they are all wonderful entities but do little for Lebanon past find ways to screw the common Lebanese citizen. Now its also debatable if they do this on purpose or just like the many youth here misguided by years of slogans and point fingers at each other rather than looking at the welfare of the nation. Now back to the thread It sounds like Berry is upset with Clown hence why he made this statement, sounds like bickering in the ranks to me.

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 May 2015, 14:18

They are all the same to me Flame your F-16 or F18, I care little for anyone of them and the saddest thing is that many are Lebanese is all I can say. Hippocratic thinking is about as bad as it gets in Lebanon with Kizb working directly to protect Israel and now they say they are protecting Lebanon from Isis and spices... its all Kizb. Kizb protecting Israel one Jihad at a time.

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 May 2015, 14:18

They are all the same to me Flame your F-16 or F18, I care little for anyone of them and the saddest thing is that many are Lebanese is all I can say. Hippocratic thinking is about as bad as it gets in Lebanon with Kizb working directly to protect Israel and now they say they are protecting Lebanon from Isis and spices... its all Kizb. Kizb protecting Israel one Jihad at a time.

Thumb whyaskwhy 12 May 2015, 07:52

Shekels you say looool obviously a Freudian slip there huh? just because Kizb gets paid in shekels does not mean the rest of the Lebanese accept the same level of subservient relationship that you have with Israel. If you truly were one percent against Israel then one out of the 100 killings your kizb in involved with would be against Israel. Simple math for you and I am sure you can get some help in figuring it out.

Missing peace 11 May 2015, 18:11

LOL no one can paralyze parliament? but...but... you paralyzed it for two years already...

Akh! double M8 standards as usual....

Thumb beiruti 12 May 2015, 15:37

That is a right which Berri reserves to himself.