Legislative session guided by IMF requirements!

Legislative session guided by IMF requirements!

| Monday 25 July 2022

Aline Farah – "Akhbar Al Yawm"

The first legislative session of the new House of Representatives will take place tomorrow, and it is expected to be one of the last legislative sessions if the country enters the presidential vacuum phase and the blocs have rejected what the President of the House of Representatives Nabih Berri has advanced on the possibility of continuing the legislation during the preoccupation with presidential elections.

This is a legislative session that takes place separately from the discussion and approval of the budget, which awaits clarifications from the Ministry of Finance on the unification of the exchange rate and the conviction of the parliamentary finance committee to follow based on the discussion and approval of the rest of the budget..

  Although the agenda includes 40 items, the most important of them do not exceed ten, the most important is what is required of the IMF and concerns amendments to the law on bank secrecy, which should be interspersed with many discussions, or what is related to the international agreements that Lebanon must conclude to remain in force, or what is urgent at the social and food level and concerns the World Bank loan for wheat worth 150 million dollars. The information also indicates that there are repeated fast-track bills that should be referred to relevant parliamentary committees for further study.

It is at the legislative level, but the session will begin electorally with the election of the deputies to the Supreme Council to judge the Presidents and the Ministers. Although it is known in such cases that political consensus precedes elections, what happened during the electoral session of the speaker of the parliament of his deputy, the Bureau of the parliament and the committees can lead to blows electoral ram between the forces of change and opposition and between political currents and blocs. Of course, the question will not be without parliamentary comments on the feasibility of this council, which has proven its dereliction of duty throughout the past period.

Il est à noter que les projecteurs se sont braqués sur ce conseil  ces derniers mois dans le contexte du dossier de l'explosion du port et des enquêtes qui l'accompagnent et du refus d'un certain nombre d'anciens ministres de se présenter devant l'enquêteur judiciaire, retranché dans le règlement intérieur de la Chambre des représentants et du Conseil suprême pour le procès des présidents et des ministres.

Dans le contexte, on a appris que le Président Berri a tenu des consultations parallèles avec un certain nombre de représentants des blocs pour calmer les ambiances afin de bloquer la voie aux débats, aux positions et aux hauts plafonds à ce stade, en particulier lors de l'investigation  avec le Mgr Moussa al-Hajj, mais l'insistance des députés à s'exprimer peut être toujours possible.

The session can be an opportunity to hold parallel consultation sessions between ministers and deputies, between the blocs and between Berri and Mikati.

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