Lebanon’s Kataeb Party to boycott parliament session

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Lebanon’s Kataeb Party said it will boycott a legislative session scheduled for Tuesday to vote on measures related to corruption, a general amnesty, and pensions.

Almost three weeks after Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned amid massive anti-government protests, President Michel Aoun has yet to call for consultations with parliamentary bloc leaders to name a new premier.

“We have been informed that it will be a secret session void of the laws that are being demanded by the people,” said the party’s leader and member of parliament Sami Gemayel.

He also pointed out that the law to abolish the pensions of former deputies, electronic voting, and reform laws were not on the agenda as well, according to the state news agency NNA.

Gemayel highlighted the importance of giving utmost priority for designation, deeming it the responsibility of the President of the Republic.

Local media reported that many officials too have criticized the holding of the legislative session on Tuesday as being unconstitutional as well as failing to respond to the demands of protesters.

As per the Constitution, lawmakers must discuss and endorse the state budget for the upcoming year during Tuesday's legislative session before passing any new measures or draft laws.

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