Lebanon News

Ghanem ends boycott, calls committee session

From left, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Robert Ghanem attend a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: MP Robert Ghanem, the chair of Parliament’s Administration and Justice Committee, convened a committee session Wednesday, ending an over-five-month boycott.

Speaking to reporters after the session, Ghanem described the boycott as a “passing summer cloud.” Ghanem abided by the March 14 boycott of Parliament sessions following last October’s assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, the head of the Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch.

The coalition had said it would end its boycott once the Cabinet resigns. “I call on colleagues who could not make it to the session to resume their attendance ... so that, before Parliament’s term expires, we present to the Lebanese the true image of how Parliament’s joint committees work,” he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 04, 2013, on page 4.




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