Thursday’s legislative session that was adjourned due to a lack of quorum witnessed a “conspiracy” aimed at “torpedoing the new wage scale” and “settling political scores related to the electoral law,” the Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc led by Speaker Nabih Berri said on Tuesday.
The bloc discussed “the circumstances of the latest parliamentary session, the protests of the various sectors, and the contacts and meetings pertaining to drafting a new electoral law,” said a statement issued by the bloc after a meeting that was chaired by Berri.
It said Thursday’s session witnessed a conspiracy “targeted against the parliamentary, democratic system, especially the legislative institution, which is the mother of all legislative and supervisory authorities.”
“The loss of quorum plot was aimed at torpedoing the new wage scale to serve the greed of banks and those benefiting from encroachment on seaside properties, and settling political scores related to the electoral law,” Development and Liberation added.
“In this regard, the bloc is confident that the parliament is committed to approving the wage scale, which is a legitimate right for its beneficiaries,” the bloc went on to say.
“Securing the revenues (needed to fund it) is the responsibility of the government, which must not impose any burdens on the poor and middle classes,” it added.
As for the calls for combating corruption, Development and Liberation called on the government to form “the National Commission for Combating Corruption that was stipulated by the right to information law that was passed by parliament on February 10, 2017.”
Turning to the issue of the electoral law, the bloc warned that failure to approve a new electoral law would be “suicide.”
“There is a need to agree on a new electoral law within a few weeks or else we would enter a dangerous phase,” the bloc added.
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