Gemayel wants M14 MPs to pay for their hotel bill

Phalange Party coordinator MP Sami Gemayel proposed that the March 14 opposition lawmakers pay the fees of their stay at a hotel near the parliament to attend the parliamentary subcommittee meetings aimed at discussing the new electoral draft law.

“The Lebanese shouldn’t carry yet another burden when they lack their simplest rights,” sources quoted Gemayel as saying and stressing that the parliament lacks the required budget to cover the hotel expenses of the opposition MPs.

The electoral subcommittee will convene on January 8 to discuss the electoral law during a one-week timeframe although Speaker Nabih Berri said he was willing to extend its meetings if the MPs were serious about reaching a deal.

March 14 MP Robert Ghanem who heads the committee will head these meetings.

Last week Berri proposed that March 14 members of the committee should reside at a secure five star hotel near the parliament in downtown Beirut, as a safety precaution, to meet with the Joint Parliamentary Committees’ members and discuss the 2013 electoral law.

Several March 14 MPs have been threatened with assassination following the murder of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan on October 19 . March 14 MPs accused Hezbollah and Syria of being behind Hassan’s assassination and decided to boycot the national dialogue sessions and government-related parliamentary work and demanded the resignation of the cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

  • Hannibal

    Right on Sami… You represent the best there is be hall mazra3a. 

  • Hannibal

    Right on Sami… You represent the best there is be hall mazra3a. 

  • MekensehParty

    Not sure why the government and the parliament budget wouldn’t pay for a safe place where MPs gather in a time where the parliament is not safe. I think it’s a bad and unnecessary call. The people’s money is being wasted left and right, paying for a safe gathering place for MPs is money well spent. It’s an obligation.
    Now should they be there in that hotel doing what they mean to do is another question
    Bass ma tzida rayyiss sami! Much more important issues you need to address first.

    • Hannibal

      Believe me they can afford it… We the people do not want to pay for it… As for safety it is really simple, a tit for tat will stop this madness. The problem is that March 14 turned into sissies. The message should really be simple: You kill one of us we will kill ten of yours.
      Some people would say an eye for eye makes the whole world blind… I really disagree with this. I believe an eye for eye will stop people from going blind.

      • MekensehParty

        I’m not saying they can’t afford it, I personally don’t think they should even be there, the parliament and the roads to it must be safe in the first place and gathering in a hotel instead of parliament is a recognition that certain MPs have given up on their rightful place of gathering.
        What are they going to call the electoral law? The Hilton law? The 5 stars Intercontinental electoral law? Isn’t it shameful enough that the Lebanese constitution has a foreign name…
        but let’s go back to this hotel bill, if the building where you work in is not safe and yet you have work to finish, isn’t your company supposed to find you a safe place to work? shouldn’t this company that employs you pay the new and safe place where you can finish your work? or should you as an employee pay this bill?
        Instead of complaining about a (guesstimated) $100K hotel bill, sami gemayel must be asking why “we the people” are paying some 5 major security agencies with tens of thousands of security agents on the government payroll and yet the parliament, the greatest symbol of the republic, is unsafe.
        It’s good to think outside the mainstream thinking, but sometime you risk to make a fool of yourself and sami should not have talked about this.
        PS: if they weren’t sissies they would not have accepted to meet in a hotel ;-)

  • MekensehParty

    Not sure why the government and the parliament budget wouldn’t pay for a safe place where MPs gather in a time where the parliament is not safe. I think it’s a bad and unnecessary call. The people’s money is being wasted left and right, paying for a safe gathering place for MPs is money well spent. It’s an obligation.
    Now should they be there in that hotel doing what they mean to do is another question
    Bass ma tzida rayyiss sami! Much more important issues you need to address first.

    • Hannibal

      Believe me they can afford it… We the people do not want to pay for it… As for safety it is really simple, a tit for tat will stop this madness. The problem is that March 14 turned into sissies. The message should really be simple: You kill one of us we will kill ten of yours.
      Some people would say an eye for eye makes the whole world blind… I really disagree with this. I believe an eye for eye will stop people from going blind.

      • MekensehParty

        I’m not saying they can’t afford it, I personally don’t think they should even be there, the parliament and the roads to it must be safe in the first place and gathering in a hotel instead of parliament is a recognition that certain MPs have given up on their rightful place of gathering.
        What are they going to call the electoral law? The Hilton law? The 5 stars Intercontinental electoral law? Isn’t it shameful enough that the Lebanese constitution has a foreign name…
        but let’s go back to this hotel bill, if the building where you work in is not safe and yet you have work to finish, isn’t your company supposed to find you a safe place to work? shouldn’t this company that employs you pay the new and safe place where you can finish your work? or should you as an employee pay this bill?
        Instead of complaining about a (guesstimated) $100K hotel bill, sami gemayel must be asking why “we the people” are paying some 5 major security agencies with tens of thousands of security agents on the government payroll and yet the parliament, the greatest symbol of the republic, is unsafe.
        It’s good to think outside the mainstream thinking, but sometime you risk to make a fool of yourself and sami should not have talked about this.
        PS: if they weren’t sissies they would not have accepted to meet in a hotel ;-)