BEIRUT: Future MP Bahia Hariri Sunday donated 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 to the Lebanese people 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.
Hariri said she hoped her parliamentarian colleagues would do the same. The account will be available at all banks nationwide.
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 1920 declaration of Greater Lebanon as part of the French Mandate for Lebanon and Syria.
“[In 1920] the path of challenges began for all Lebanese and the leaders to build an independent country with love and diligence,” Hariri said.
Hariri is the sister of late former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was assassinated in 2005 and the aunt of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
She has been a Sidon MP since 1992 and served as education minister in the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora that oversaw the 2009 parliamentary elections.