Hariri: Future to attend parliament session to approve financial draft-laws


hariri 14Former Lebanese PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday that his party will participate  in Thursday’s legislative session, ending days of speculation on the issue.

He said in a statement: “The movement will take part in the meeting to approve financial draft-laws.”

“Participation in the session will fall in Lebanon’s financial and economic interests, as well as its ties with the international community,” he stressed.

Moreover, he declared: “After Thursday’s session, the movement will not attend any legislative session that will not be aimed at addressing the parliamentary electoral draft-law.”

The lawmakers attending Thursday’s session will also vote on the draft-law on restoring the nationality of Lebanese expatriates, added Hariri.

“We call on all fellow lawmakers from all parliamentary blocs to attend Thursday’s meeting to emphasize partnership, coexistence, and the need for unity during this tense time to steer Lebanon towards safety,” he stressed.

The Christian blocs of the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement will not attend the meeting over the failure to include the electoral draft-law on the agenda.

The phalange  Party will also not attend the session  due to the ongoing presidential vacuum.

The dispute over the electoral law dates back to 2013 when the political parties failed to agree on a new one, resulting in parliament extending its own term and postponing the elections.

Financial issues

Financial issues will dominate the agenda on Thursday and Friday as the country risks cancellation of World Bank loans and must vote on legislation to help protect its relationship with banks worldwide.

Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said on Thursday that  the “required number of MPs will participate in the session,” saying that 38 items were up for discussion.

“The most important of the items which will be agreed on (include) those related to approval of agreements on World Bank loans,” he said.

“Draft laws which aim to keep Lebanon away from financial and banking penalties” over issues such as money laundering and trans-border cash movements would also be high on the agenda, he said.

World Bank loans planned for Lebanon, which is struggling to cope with more than a million refugees from Syria’s conflict, will be cancelled unless approved by parliament before the end of the year, risking more pain for an economy already hit by the deadlock.

Lebanon’s central bank governor on Tuesday said it was essential the parliament meet to pass laws for development loans, debt issuance and banks, urging politicians to break the impasse harming the economy.

One of the rare occasions parliament met was a year ago, when it extended its own term until 2017, after legislative elections were postponed for a second time.

Parliament has failed to elect a new head of state in the absence of consensus on who should fill the position that fell vacant when Michel Suleiman’s term expired 17 months ago. Berri has called 30 sessions to elect a new president.

The unity government headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam is barely functioning.



7 responses to “Hariri: Future to attend parliament session to approve financial draft-laws”

  1. Ali H. Alyami, CDHR,

    Like his father, Saad Hariri, is a Saudi citizen who should be stripped of his Lebanese citizenship and shipped to Buraidah (the Wahhabi Hornet’s Nest) where he sent his children to school. The Hariries have no loyalty top anyone except those who made them billionaires and empower them (and along with the Iranian agents) to turn Lebanon into Islamist state. http://www.cdhr.info

    1. Dr. Ali H. Alyami,
      You are a Saudi citizen and therefore you have no right to talk about stripping Hariri off his Lebanese citizenship. You can talk about stripping him off his Saudi citizenship , if you so prefer but leave Lebanon alone.
      We in Lebanon are trying to give back to Lebanese diaspora their citizenship under a draft law that the parliament will discuss this week , so what you are suggesting will not serve the interest of Lebanon nor its aspirations.

      From your agenda I can conclude that your activities in DC serve Iran’s interest first and foremost and this does not suit us in Lebanon

      1. arzatna1
        You are right, I am a human rights activists and pro social justice advocate. You misspoke when you said that I am pro-the Iranian’s theocracy and its interest. Had
        I am from “Saudi” Arabia, but that does not mean I am still a subject of its absolute ruling family.
        I can understand and appreciate the efforts to repatriate the industries Lebanese, but Saad Hariri? Most of the Lebanese immigrants are Christians. The recent waves of immigrants are left and are leaving because they see their country being taken over by to absolute tyrannical regimes, the Saudis and the Persians.
        Had you visited our website, you would have learned more about what I do and promote before responded to my comment in the manner you did. Have a good day. Ali

        1. We have been suffering from foreign interference in Lebanon for decades and as a Lebanese I advocate complete independence and sovereignty for Lebanon and we do appreciate it when people try not to divide us ( Christians and Muslims ) because we have coexisted for thousands of years and want to remain a model of coexistence . I must admit I don’t know a whole lot about you and apologize if you think I have misspoken , but having said that I did read an interview for you in which you were praising Iran .
          For the majority of the Lebanese Iran represents trouble here specially because of its support for Hezbollah and the Syrian dictatorship . Because of Iran we still do not have a president here since May 2014.
          Thanks for your response and Enjoy the DC weather at least for a while.

          1. Please forward the interview you read that shows me praising Iran or any Arab or Muslim dictator.
            I totally agree that the Lebanese people should be the authors of their destiny.

          2. I was referring to your October 2015 interview with Erico Matias Tavares in which you were quoted as saying:
            “Iran has about 80 million people, offers a huge market for Western companies and an important strategic location. And it is also a powerful country. Look at what happened during the sanctions: they continued to develop their nuclear program, science progressed and they survived very difficult times – in fact going back all the way to 1979. If the same sanctions had been imposed on the Arab Gulf States, they would not have survived.”

            You also credited Iran with helping the minorities in the Middle east , even though as you know that help has not been welcomed by many of these countries because most of that help was military in nature and destabilizing specially the ones in lebanon , Syria and Bahrain.

          3. arzatna1

            I was not defending or promoting Iran interest, I was stating a fact as it related to Western business interests. Read the interview again and share ti with your friends.

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