Constitutional Council Partially Annuls Government's Power Plan

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Constitutional Council Partially Annuls Government's Power Plan

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Monday announced that the Constitutional Council has partially annulled the government's electricity plan as per the challenge submitted last month to contest said project.

“The Constitutional Council has decided to accept the challenge and partially annul the electricity plan. The Energy Ministry is now obliged to implement the laws in vigor when it comes to tenders aimed at building power plants and buying power supply; all exceptions have been nullified," Gemayel wrote on Twitter.

Last month, Gemayel submitted to the Constitutional Council a challenge contesting the electricity plan approved in April by the government, after garnering the ten requisite signatures.

The deputies who signed the challenge are: Samy Gemayel, Nadim Gemayel, Elias Hankache, Marwan Hamadeh, Paula Yaacoubian, Nicolas Nahas, Oussama Saad, Ali Darwish, Jihad Al-Samad and Faysal Karameh.

The appeal, which mentions seven main law violations, requests that the contested plan be suspended until the Constitutional Council issues its verdict on the challenge.

Gemayel had criticized the power plan following its endorsement, saying that it encloses a blatant violation of the concept of accountability and the basic tendering rules.