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Berri from Tehran: My Proposal on Officers Decree Is Beneficial for All

Berri from Tehran: My Proposal on Officers Decree Is Beneficial for All

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 - 08:15
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 6, 2017. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

Lebanon’s Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated on Monday his commitment to a solution he proposed to resolve the row with President Michel Aoun over a disputed officers decree.

In remarks from Tehran, where he is taking part in a conference for the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States, Berri said: “I have made a suggestion which I believe is beneficial for everyone and for Lebanon.”

“It does not harm anyone, it does not give dominance to anyone and I hope it will be accepted,” he added.

According to available information, Berri’s proposal provides for the merging of the officers’ promotion decree with a decree granting seniority to the officers of 1994, to be signed by the Minister of Finance, the other concerned ministers, the president of the republic and the prime minister.

Sources close to Berri told Asharq Al-Awsat that the issue of the decree to grant seniority to the officers of 1994 is not in the Speaker’s hand, but with the other side.”

The dispute between Aoun and Berri broke out when the president and the premier signed the decree without sending it to the finance minister. Berri has insisted that the decree should have also carried the finance minister’s signature.

“As long as they consider the decree to be constitutional and flawless, why hasn’t it been issued yet? Why hasn’t it been published in the Official Gazette?” The sources asked.

While Berri considers the failure of the finance minister to sign the decree - which was already signed by him and Prime Minister Saad Hariri – as a violation of the Constitution, Aoun calls on the objectors to resort to the judiciary to resolve the matter.

On a different note, upon his arrival in Tehran, the Lebanese speaker said he hoped the OIC conference would yield positively on the region.

“We hope to achieve results in this major and comprehensive conference and to deter the enemies, especially after what happened to a piece of heaven on earth, the Holy Jerusalem. We hope that we do not only reach decisions and recommendations as usual, but we implement those decisions and recommendations,” Berri said.

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