Report: Berri to Hold Legislative Session as Govt. Formation 'Stumbles'
Speaker Nabih Berri seems determined to hold a legislative session before the end of this month in an attempt to spare the legislative power “paralysis and disruption” in light of the inability to form a new government, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Monday.
Berri seeks to achieve two goals: first, to encourage political forces to make concessions that lead to the government lineup; secondly to pass urgent bills that the parliamentary committees have finished studying and are now in the custody of the newly elected General Assembly, according to the daily.
However it added that none of the political forces expressed their opinion on Berri’s decision, while al-Mustaqbal Movement “implicitly expressed reservation” regarding the the “absence of the government's role in legislation."
This step will probably open a new Constitutional debate, meanwhile sources close to Berri told the daily “he insists on breaking the chain of obstruction at the level of constitutional institutions.”
They pointed out that Lebanon “is under the microscope of the international community which is astonished at the indifference of the Lebanese about the disruption of institutions.”
Referring to April’s France-led CEDRE conference, the sources pointed out “to laws directly related to the CEDRE conference that must be approved and put into operation immediately after the formation of the government.”
Shall a new government be formed, it would be able to sign off on billions of dollars in aid pledged by donor countries and international organisations CEDRE conference.
The CEDRE funds are earmarked to boost the economy, with a focus on improving Lebanon's ailing infrastructure.