Gemayel declares his Party’s reservation towards tomorrow’s Parliament session

Kataeb Party Chief, Sami Gemayel, announced Sunday his Party's "reservation towards the Parliament Council session scheduled for Monday to approve a budget that has been set by a fallen government, and will be defended by a government that has not yet ...

Kataeb Party Chief, Sami Gemayel, announced Sunday his Party's "reservation towards the Parliament Council session scheduled for Monday to approve a budget that has been set by a fallen government, and will be defended by a government that has not yet received its votes of confidence, thus breaching the Constitution."

In a press conference held earlier today at the "Kataeb House" in Saifi, Gemayel considered that "the old approach continues, and the sole solution is to resort to early parliamentary elections immediately."

Gemayel also disclosed that the MPs received a three-paper document on the state budget from the Parliament, which was said to have been sent by the new Finance Minister, explaining that the latter has no right to send anything before the government takes confidence and adopts the budget.

He added that the Finance Minister's Office later issued a statement denying that he had sent the document in question. "So, who sent these papers which adopt, in the name of the new government, the budget of its predecessor? Are there ghosts in Parliament sending papers to the deputies...and who has the right to send such documents?" questioned Gemayel sarcastically. "The state of chaos continues," he added.

Gemayel also criticized the new government's adoption of a budget set by a previous failed government, after all that happened in the country, the economic collapse, the revolution and the people's uprising. "What we see today is a confirmation that there is a clear intention to pursue the same approach that was adopted, and a clear will by the ruling system to continue in the same way by voting on this budget," he said.

"The most critical aspect is that we are in a state of collapse, while the authority considers that Lebanon can continue for a year without reforms, until 2021," warned Gemayel, considering this "an affirming act of fleeing responsibility."

The MP stressed that in light of the absent intention to hold reforms, and since the people will not stop demanding their rights, and in an effort to yield a new Lebanon, "we must return the decision to the people by adopting a law that shortens the mandate of the parliament and holding new elections."

"People are suffering and we cannot continue in this way. The country cannot afford to delay reforms for another year," concluded Gemayel.

Source: National News Agency