Beirut – The Lebanese parliament convened on Thursday in a two-day session to assess the cabinet’s performance on the electoral law, means of combatting corruption and the state budget, as well as other issues.
Addressing MPs, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said: “This government was formed with a new term that gave the Lebanese the hope of restoring the respect of the state and its legitimate institutions.”
“Three months after the government won the vote of confidence, we return to the parliament with many achievements. The cabinet’s commitment to the policy statement in this short period of time is a clear commitment that reflects the government’s solidarity and the effort exerted to address several chronic demands,” he added.
Referring to Lebanon’s relations with Arab countries, he said: “During the three previous months, there were massive efforts to reform our relations with Arab countries.”
He stressed that the cabinet was “determined to pursue the achievements in the government and restore confidence.”
Hariri promised that the cabinet would continue to take action to combat corruption and the squandering of public funds in light of the agreement for Lebanon’s first annual state budget since 2005.
On the electoral draft-law, Hariri said that this issue has reached the final point and there was no escape from a new law.
“We are in a race with the constitutional deadlines and this new law is a national responsibility just as it is the responsibility of the government,” he stated.
He also stressed that his government was committed to holding the parliamentary elections and rejecting vacuum in the legislative authority.
“This would be achieved by a new law, and I will insist in Cabinet that we submit a draft law soon, and the cabinet will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss it and when we approve it we will send it to parliament,” he said.