BEIRUT: There is no distinction between urgent and non-urgent issues, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri insists in a clear message to lawmakers who argue that Parliament should only handle urgent matters until a new president for Lebanon is elected.
“There are no urgent and non-urgent matters,” Berri warned in remarks published Friday by the local daily An-Nahar. “[Lawmakers] should continue to make laws in Parliament.”
On his recent meeting with MP Michel Aoun, Berri said the Free Patriotic Movement leader had promised to consider participating in legislative sessions.
Although the Cabinet is still discussing a mechanism to govern its work in light of the presidential void, Aoun’s bloc, along with some Christian MPs and the Future Movement, has vowed not to attend legislative sessions in Parliament until a new head of state is elected.
They argue that Parliament should only handle urgent issues while the presidency is vacant.
Last week, the Cabinet agreed that the prime minister would send the agenda to the ministers 72 hours before scheduled sessions. The remaining issue is whether Cabinet decrees need the signatures of all 24 ministers, or only a third or a half of them.