Parliament Convenes to Discuss Aoun’s Message on Forensic Audit
Lawmakers attended a general parliament meeting on Friday at the UNESCO Palace to discuss President Michel Aoun's message to help conduct forensic audit after the withdrawal of an international consultancy firm from the task over insufficient documents.
At the opening of the session, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said the audit should include not only the bank’s accounts, but the entire public institutions, LBCI TV station reported.
Urging consensus on the matter, Berri said: “I hope the audit will be conducted on the ministries and public administrations."
Hizbullah MP, Mohammed Raad said: “We firmly support an audit of the bank’s accounts and agree that the audit should be conducted on all ministries and public institutions.”
Raad suggested a temporary lifting of the bank secrecy if it impedes the audit process.
For his part, MP Ibrahim Kanaan of the Strong Lebanon bloc said the state has failed to appease the Lebanese who lost their lifetime savings in Lebanon's banks.
“The Lebanese citizen is bemoaning his lifetime savings that disappeared in the banks, and the state did not provide any explanation on how they were lost,” said Kanaan.