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LF and FPM to boycott legislative session: Geagea

LF leader Samir Geagea, right, receives MP Ibrahim Kanaan in Maarab, Thursday, April 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement have agreed to boycott a highly-anticipated legislative session until certain bills are listed on the agenda, LF chief Samir Geagea said Saturday.

“The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement have agreed on not attending any legislative session that doesn’t include [discussion of] a new election law and a law to restore the citizenship of [people of Lebanese origin],” Geagea said during a speech at an LF ceremony in Sydney Saturday.

Last month, Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said that the LF bloc will not attend the session if the annual budget and the election law are not listed on the agenda.

The decision was backed by the FPM, which also said that it would join the boycott since agenda items listed for the upcoming session did not meet the bloc’s criteria for urgent legislation.

Speaker Nabih Berri has yet to assign a date for the legislative session. Parliament last convened for a legislative session on Nov. 5 when lawmakers voted to extend their terms by more than two and a half years.

Deputy Speaker Farid Makari said after Parliament’s secretariat meeting last month that the agenda for the legislative session will include seven bills relating to food safety, public finance and protocols pertaining to public budgeting.

 

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