Forces of Change MPs Najat Saliba and Melhem Khalaf are still inside the Parliament building, starting their sixth day of a sit-in against the presidential election impasse

Forces of Change MPs Najat Saliba and Melhem Khalaf are still inside the Parliament building, starting their sixth day of a sit-in against the presidential election impasse

| Tuesday 24 January 2023

Forces of Change MPs Najat Saliba and Melhem Khalaf are still inside the Parliament building, starting their sixth day of a sit-in against the presidential election impasse. “We are managing with what we have,” Saliba said. Parliament Secretary-General Adnan Daher said the administration has no intention to complicate the MPs’ stay and dissuade their protest. Saliba and Khalaf remained inside Parliament following the latest presidential electoral session last Thursday to protest “the obstructionist policy that is being implemented in the country,” particularly MP walkouts causing Parliament to lose quorum after a single voting round. The MPs said they will remain in the building until a president is elected. Lebanon has been without a president since the end of Michel Aoun’s term on Oct. 31, leading to issues in convening the caretaker cabinet and repeated calls from local and international actors for an end to the vacancy.

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