Parliament Convenes to Extend Extra-Budgetary Spending, Appoint Constitutional Council Members

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Parliament Convenes to Extend Extra-Budgetary Spending, Appoint Constitutional Council Members

The Parliament on Wednesday convened on a legislative session with a 17-item agenda that is mainly aimed at electing five of the Constitutional Council's ten members. The government will appoint the other five members.

The elected Constitutional Council members are: Tannous Mechleb, Aouni Ramadan, Akram Baassiri, Antoine Breidi and Riad Abou Ghayda.

The Parliament has extended extra-budgetary spending based on the 'provisional twelfth' emergency measure until the end of July, pending the ratification of the 2019 state budget.

“Due to political frivolity, government formation delay and the procrastination in approving a new state budget, both the Constitution and the law have now been violated through the extension of extra-budgetary spending,” Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel said as he objected to the decision during the session.

“It is unacceptable that the Parliament approves constitutional violations due to political wrangling over shares,” he added.

The Parliament also approved the anti-corruption law in the public sector, stipulating the formation of a national body.

The Parliament also passed a draft law submitted by MP Samy Gemayel, stipulating that the sentence for minor misdemeanors, that are usually punishable by up to one year in jail, would be replaced by social services.

Turning to the U.S. peace plan in the Middle East and the economic part that was unveiled by the White House earlier this week, Prime Minister Saad Hariri affirmed that all of Lebanon is against what is known as the "deal of the century".

“The Lebanese Constitution clearly prohibits the naturalization of refugees,” he added.

The premier noted that no settlement has been sealed regarding the election of the Constitutional Council's members, saying that the appointment process is purely democratic.

Source: Kataeb.org