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Legislative work within vacuum unnecessary: Change and Reform bloc

Change and Reform MPs attend a Parliament session in Beirut, Friday, April 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Change and Reform bloc Monday said that in light of the presidential void legislative work goes against the National Pact and constitutional texts.

“Legislative work no longer adheres to the spirit of the National Pact in the absence of a head of state, unless the higher interests of the state are at stake or when legislative work involves ratifying laws in favor of sound rule such as a fair parliamentary election law,” former labor minister Selim Jreissati told reporters.

Following the weekly meeting of the parliamentary bloc headed by MP Michel Aoun, Jreissati argued that the priority for Parliament was to elect a new president, according to constitutional texts and the National Pact.

Dating back to 1943, the National Pact is an unwritten agreement that laid the foundation of Lebanon as a multi-confessional state, and has governed the political dynamics of the country to this day.

As for the legislative session Speaker Nabih Berri called for on Tuesday to discuss the thorny issue of the salary scale, Jreissati – a former magistrate – said the issue did not breach the state’s higher interests and was thus not considered an emergency.

“We are following up on contacts over the issue and awaiting some sort of consensus to be reached regarding the salary scale,” Jreissati said. “Consequently since there is no consensus over it, the salary scale is not a higher interest in the meantime.”

In his speech on Sunday, Aoun’s ally Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called on politicians to resolve the issues of the salary scale and appointments at the Lebanese University and to insulate them from the political debate over the presidency.





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