Tuesday, Wednesday Cabinet Sessions Postponed over Terro, Change and Reform Ministers’ Absenceإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Cabinet sessions that have been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed due to the absence of Minister of the Displaced Alaeddine Terro and the boycott of the Change and Reform bloc ministers.
President Michel Suleiman adjourned Tuesday’s session, which was scheduled to be held at the Baabda Palace, due to the absence of 11 ministers.
Progressive Socialist Party Minister Alaeddine Terro is currently abroad, while the Change and Reform ministers decided to boycott the session in protest against parliament’s vote on granting Electricite du Liban contract employees full-time employment.
Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi had stated before heading to cabinet that the session would not address government spending in the absence of the Change and Reform ministers, reported OTV.
The postponed session was preceded by a closed-door meeting between President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati.
Speaker Nabih Berri had suspended on Tuesday a parliamentary session for lack of quorum after Christian blocs boycotted it over the approval of EDL contract workers’ full-employment.
“The boycott is based on political reasons and not sectarian ones,” Berri said.
Change and Reform bloc, Phalange party and Lebanese Forces lawmakers took the decision to boycott the morning session to protest the draft law.