Berri Refutes Claims Parliament Can't Legislate in Case of Vacuum

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Speaker Nabih Berri has stressed that the authorities exercised by the parliament are legislative and are not linked to the sessions on the election of a president.

In remarks to several local dailies published on Friday, Berri said he can call for parliamentary sessions to approve draft-laws and for sessions to elect a new head of state.

His comment was aimed at refuting claims that parliament cannot legislate if there was a vacuum after March 25, when President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires.

Berri accused some parties of paralyzing the role of the parliament and reviving the scenario that the legislature witnessed after the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Miqati in March 2013 when the March 14 alliance's lawmakers boycotted the sessions.

“But I continued to carry out my role,” the speaker said.

The parliament is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the public sector pay hike draft-law that was amended by a ministerial-legislative committee.

On Thursday, lawmakers are invited to a new round of presidential elections. They have been unable to elect a head of state over differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances.

March 14 is holding onto Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, its only candidate for the country's top Christian post, while March 8 is asking for a consensual candidate.

Comments 14
Missing coolmec 09 May 2014, 07:36

Warlords, Mafioso running the country
what a pity

Missing forces 09 May 2014, 11:59

Paralysing the role of parliament? What about you and your dirty alliance paralysing the role of the highest seat in the government ya nawre.

Thumb ex-fpm 09 May 2014, 07:39

“But I continued to carry out my role,” the speaker said.

what role Berri are you talking about? The one where you shut down parliament for 18 months, followed by your coup, forced the doha accord, changed the election law thinking you would win. Real hypocrite

Thumb general_puppet 09 May 2014, 08:03

Berri's role is chief Parliamentary stooge for Nasrallah.

Missing coolmec 09 May 2014, 10:51

ex fpm
that's democracy berri's style
btw when does his term expire?

Missing forces 09 May 2014, 12:04

When it does it will not be too soon. He can then retire to Dubai where his billions are hidden and concentrate on his billion dollar construction business he has there.

Thumb -phoenix1 09 May 2014, 17:40

@Forces, the Istiz has also big assets in many parts of the US, namely in Michigan. He is also known to have huge motel/leisure/supermarket/service stations there too, including huge palaces in the Caribbean, right next to his Iranian mentors too. The Istiz can try to hide these, but to no avail these days.

Missing hajjradwan 09 May 2014, 15:19

Asteez Nabih slowly but surely guiding the country towards muthalatah.

Thumb cedre 09 May 2014, 17:54

doubts ? even M8 politicians admit it shamelessly on place de l'etoile...

Thumb -phoenix1 09 May 2014, 17:55

Thumb cedre 09 May 2014, 18:57

excellent link and blog...

Missing ghassen 09 May 2014, 22:45

Don't be fooled cedre. That blog is run by a self-hating arab who thinks he is phoenician. He hates Allah swt as well. And to top it all of, he is racist. Garbage and nothing but garbage.

Thumb cedre 10 May 2014, 01:31

u're right ghassan, i noticed it later, my bad. Thanks for the correction bro...

Default-user-icon Fkberri (Guest) 09 May 2014, 23:12

Bring berri to justice...put him on trial.