BEIRUT: MPs elected Tuesday committee and secretariat members of Parliament as the Future Movement upheld its boycott of a legislative session called for by Speaker Nabih Berri.
“We will not attend the legislative session Wednesday because it is unconstitutional,” said Future parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Siniora after talks with Berri on the sidelines of the regular session of Parliament that was convened at 10.30 a.m.
The two had discussed the possibility of ending the opposition group’s boycott.
Berri has failed to convene Parliament for a legislative session since July due to lack of quorum.
Last week, the speaker, and for a fifth time, set a two-day legislative session starting Wednesday to discuss an agenda of 45 items.
Later in the afternoon, Berri met with a delegation from MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc, which has also boycotted the legislative sessions of Parliament.
Political sources told The Daily Star that the bloc’s MPs failed to reach a consensus with the speaker over ending the boycott of Parliament.
MP Simon Abi Ramia, a member in the Change and Reform bloc, told the Voice of Lebanon earlier Tuesday that the bloc would meet with Berri in the afternoon “to take the appropriate stance on the parliamentary sessions.”
“We don't want further obstruction,” he had said.
The session Tuesday was short and there were no changes to committee or secretariat members.