Rifai: Berri has no right to postpone the presidential-election session

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Rifai: Berri has no right to postpone the presidential-election session

Post by Admin on Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:25 pm

Constitutional
expert and former MP Hassan Rifai said that Speaker Nabih Berri has no
right to postpone the presidential-election session.


“He
has to be present in the parliament’s chamber of deputies, and if the
required quorum is not available, then he can postpone the session,”
Rifai told the Saudi daily Okaz.


“The
way Berri has been postponing sessions from his office is a crime
punishable by the Lebanese penal code. He has no right to close the
parliament,” he added.


According
to Rifai, the majority could call on Deputy Speaker MP Farid Makari to
hold sessions outside the parliament, as long as they are held in
Beirut, in order to elect a president and undertake legislative work.


“The
parliament is not to be closed, and MPs have the duty to participate in
legislative sessions, especially the presidential session,” Rifai said.


“The constitution is very clear, but it is being misinterpreted by every political faction in the country,” he added.
“Basically,
it is forbidden for the house speaker to be absent from the parliament
building, which is considered a crime according to articles 301 to 307
of the Lebanese constitution... If a two-thirds quorum is not
attainable, the session is postponed. But presence is a duty,” Rifai
said.



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