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MP Harb slams council members boycotting panel

BEIRUT: Batroun MP Butros Harb Thursday criticized three members of the Constitutional Council for boycotting the body’s sessions and warned of attempts to cripple state institutions.

In an open letter to Judge Issam Suleiman, the head of the 10-member council, Harb expressed his deep concern over the constitutional system amid the boycott.

“The obstruction of the council’s role ... constitutes a fatal blow to this council and the country’s constitutional system,” Harb said. He scoffed at the theory that the boycott was aimed at protecting the country from strife.

“Crippling [state] institutions is the mother of strife and scuttling the role of constitutional institutions is a recipe for strife,” he said.

The council failed to meet Wednesday for the second day running after its two Shiite members and one Druze member stayed away, preventing it from ruling on challenges to the extension of Parliament’s term.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 14, 2013, on page 3.




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