Majority to Seek Probe into 'Financial Scandals' of Past Governments
The parliamentary majority intends to demand a probe into the “financial scandals” allegedly committed by previous governments, in a bid to hit back at the opposition’s call for a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the issue of power-generating vessels, al-Manar television reported on Wednesday.
Al-Manar said a meeting was held between Speaker Nabih Berri and MPs Mohammed Raad, Ibrahim Kanaan and Ayyoub Hmayyed, during which they discussed the opposition’s call for a commission of inquiry.
MP Qassem Hashem told al-Manar that a group of lawmakers were discussing possible scenarios for raising the demand during the upcoming hours.
Lebanese Forces bloc MP George Adwan had two days ago submitted a request to the parliament speaker demanding the formation of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into alleged law violations and illegal deals committed by the government, as well as another commission of inquiry into public expenditure during the last 22 years.
Back then Adwan quoted Berri as saying he was adhered to proper parliamentary conduct and that he had promised to “refer the request to the parliament’s Bureau Committee ahead of submitting it to parliament’s general assembly in order to take the appropriate decision.”
Last week’s parliamentary debate on the government’s policies witnessed several verbal clashes between the two camps over the controversial issues of leasing power-generating vessels and the financial performance of the previous governments that were led by the current opposition.