Sami Gemayel Gives Up Parliament Salary for Families of Army Martyrs

Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel decided to give up his salary from the parliament to the families of army martyrs, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the daily Gemayel informed Parliament's Secretary-General Adnan Daher in an official memo that he “wants to give up indefinitely his salary starting of the first month of the legislature's new tenure to the fund of compensations for army martyrs.”

Gemayel's decision comes two days after lawmakers voted to extend their mandate until 2017, postponing elections again amid a political stalemate and insecurity tied to the conflict in neighboring Syria.

“What happened today is an extension of vacuum,” Gemayel said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Gemayel staunchly opposed the extension of the parliament and his party had boycotted the extension session.

Parliamentary elections were originally scheduled for the middle of 2013, but MPs approved a 17-month extension of their mandate on May 31, 2013.

The extension decision was met by a huge popular dismay.



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