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Lebanon: Politicians Seek to Face Economic Risks, Adopt Anti-Corruption Laws

Lebanon: Politicians Seek to Face Economic Risks, Adopt Anti-Corruption Laws

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 12:30
Lebanese policeman stand outside the parliament building in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 17, 2017. Picture taken October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The political movement resumed part of its activity after 12 days of protests that paralyzed Lebanon.

Parliamentary blocs and ministers moved in more than one direction to activate anti-corruption legislation and other ministerial issues related to financial and economic files, amid information that the crisis could be long.

In Ain Al-Tineh, Speaker Nabih Berri received a delegation from the Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc, whose secretary, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, said that the aim of the visit was to discuss urgent matters within the framework of parliamentary work.

He reiterated the need to adopt legislative proposals the bloc had previously presented, related to anti-corruption, accountability and recovery of looted wealth.

Kanaan said that Berri would “activate the work and ask the parliamentary committees to start studying all proposals and the 2020 draft budget, without any delay.”

Parliamentary sources quoted by LBCI channel said the government was

“responsible for referring the draft laws that they want to pass to the House of Representatives.”

The same sources said that the adoption of some bills could not be done overnight, as they needed to be discussed in the relevant parliamentary committees.

The sources did not rule out the convening of parliament in a regular session scheduled for November 5.

In Baabda, MP Edgard Traboulsi announced in a statement that he had visited President Michel Aoun and conveyed to him “citizens’ complaints about the closure of public roads and the insults they face at checkpoints, which remind them of militia days.”

He called on “the political authority and security forces to assume their responsibilities by opening roads and ensuring freedom of movement and protection of citizens.”

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