Parliament Session Postponed over Dispute on Extension-Suspension of Candidacies

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Disagreements between rival parties on the elections spiraled out of control on Tuesday leading to the postponement of a parliamentary session after a camp backed the suspension of candidacies for the June elections and another sought an extension.

A largescale meeting for parliament's bureau was held under Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday morning after a similar meeting the day before. It was attended by Caretaker Premier Najib Miqati, lawmakers from the Lebanese Forces and the Phalange and Marada movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh.

But the failure to agree on a formula that appeases the two camps, led to Berri's postponement of the parliamentary session to 3:00 pm Wednesday “to pave way for more consultations.”

A decision by al-Mustaqbal bloc to boycott the session on Tuesday was one of the reasons that led to the postponement, LBCI TV said.

The bloc decided to hold a meeting at 3:00 pm Tuesday after parliament's bureau meeting resulted in a preliminary deal to suspend the candidacies.

An Nahar daily had said that President Michel Suleiman, the March 14 alliance and the National Struggle Front are backing the extension of the deadlines for the announcement of candidacies but Berri and his bloc along with the Change and Reform bloc are seeking a suspension, which would cancel previous decrees that call for holding the elections base

Comments 3
Missing tomahawk 09 April 2013, 15:24

I agree FT, it was expected

Thumb Elemental 09 April 2013, 22:39

Take some magnesium, this is political constipation, we know it'll be crap so get it over the end :P

Missing helicopter 10 April 2013, 05:29

I thought the Parlaiment should always be open to allow for full scale negotiations to take place inside its walls. But our Holy Berri thinks that agreements should happen oputside its walls (as he finds them suitable and to his satisfaction) and then allows opening the doors to convene and rubber stamp those agreements. Thug and Mafia mind set. Who needs a constituion, we have individuals running the animal farm.