BEIRUT: Future MP Bahia Hariri donated Sunday her government salary since 2009 to a fund under the supervision of President Michel Sleiman that finances development and humanitarian work in the country.
"I apologize for the people Lebanese because I have not carried out my full duty since 2009 and I will return the money that I was paid from the last Parliament term," Hariri said at the Beiteddine Palace after talks with the president at his summer residence.
"I am honored to return all that I was paid, and it is LL525,282,500, to a fund that will assist in development and humanitarian work under the name 'I love you, Lebanon 2020,'" she said.
The account which will be available at all banks nationwide is under the supervision of Sleiman, Hariri said, adding that she hoped her parliamentarian collegues would do the same.
Hariri praised Sleiman and described him as a great Lebanese citizen and a symbol of national unity who has been entrusted with protecting the Constitution.
Her remarks came on Greater Lebanon Day in memory of the 1939 creation of Greater Lebanon as part of the French Mandate for Lebanon and Syria.
“[In 1939] the path of challenges began for all Lebanese and the leaders to build an independent country with love and diligence,” Hariri said.