BEIRUT: An MP from Speaker Nabih Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc said Wednesday that former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora could not handle honesty, in defense of the speaker.
“Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora does not hide his intentions when speaking, without conscience, about what is being implied. Siniora cannot digest honesty,” said Abdel-Majid Saleh, in response to a statement by the Future Movement in which Berri’s intentions were criticized.
Berri had been quoted as saying an agreement concerning the wage hike had been reached during a meeting at his office in Parliament Monday, in the presence of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Siniora and MP Bahia Hariri.
But according to sources present at the meeting, Berri was later surprised by the Future Movement’s change of heart, as they did not attend the Parliament session on Tuesday. The speaker described their absence as “a coup against Monday’s agreement,” and that the bloc and its allies were aiming to “disrupt” the sessions.
In response, Future’s statement said: “Some comments and actions made by some political groups conceal their actual intentions and implicit political goals, the least of which is to push Lebanon deep into the abyss to destroy its economy in order to tighten control over the people.”
Saleh’s comments were made to defend Berri, whom he said works to ensure national interest and clarified what really happened. The Future bloc, he said, “intended to disrupt the Parliament and extend the presidential vacuum.”
Parliament failed once again to meet Tuesday to vote on the controversial wage hike bill that has been a key demand by the Union Coordination Committee for holding the official exams, prompting Berri to postpone the session to June 19.