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Future to attend legislative session

  • Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat attends a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat announced Sunday that his bloc is willing to attend a legislative session with a preset agenda, limited to essential matters.

Despite March 14’s decision not to engage in any legislative sessions pending the election of a new president, Fatfat has announced that his bloc would not dismiss a legislative session with a predetermined agenda.

He said that such a session must deal with the “main headlines” in the country, giving the example of the Eurobonds law or the ranks and salaries scale.

Separately, Fatfat slammed MP Michel Aoun’s suggestion to elect the president directly via the people, saying that it is a clear violation of the Taif Agreement, according to which the new Lebanese political system was established.

“It is a clear coup against the Taif accord that aims to transform Lebanon’s political system from a parliamentary democratic system to a presidential one,” he said.

Asked about the dialogue between the Future Movement and MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, Fatfat said that his “bloc is open to dialogue with all political parties that do not possess an eliminative approach."

"But we have made it clear to the Free Patriotic Movement that we will not adopt any stand outside the frame of the March 14 alliance,” he told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

Ministerial sources had told The Daily Star that a dialogue was launched between the Future Movement and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's Amal Movement.

The dialogue was launched to "defuse Sunni-Shiite tensions," and resolve matters related to the Cabinet and Parliament's roles, according to the source.

Carried out by Berri's top aide Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's chief of staff Nader Hariri, the dialogue has achieved a breakthrough concerning the wage hike and the public sector wages payment matters. As a result of the negotiations, a parliamentary session will be held next week to pass draft laws for the two crucial policies, the source added.

 
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Summary

Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat announced Sunday that his bloc is willing to attend a legislative session with a preset agenda, limited to essential matters.

Despite March 14's decision not to engage in any legislative sessions pending the election of a new president, Fatfat has announced that his bloc would not dismiss a legislative session with a predetermined agenda.

Ministerial sources had told The Daily Star that a dialogue was launched between the Future Movement and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's Amal Movement.


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