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Having failed to agree on a candidate, Berri felt it was nevertheless necessary for the legislative assembly to pass laws to address the country's pressing challenges.Putting aside constitutional and legal violations for a moment, what was so vital that it brought the country's political parties under one roof to suddenly legislate 38 laws in two days? The Parliament approved a law that gives the Army $900 million worth of material and passed two laws allowing the government to spend an additional $3 billion for the "needs of the public sector," in addition to $600 million for public-sector employees.Add to this another law that permits the government to borrow up to $3 billion in foreign currency to restructure Lebanon's public debt. Instead of approving these laws, the Parliament should have been calling on the executive to submit a budget that was last seen in 2005 .Finally, none of the above would have become laws had it not been for the nationality law, the passage of which was a precondition by Christian parties to take part in this circus of legislating by necessity. On top of that, Christian parties got the chance to boost their numbers in the next election through the nationality law.What is equally telling are draft laws that were not even on the table.
Municipal reform is particularly urgent
What decentralization law do parties really want?
Free the municipal fund from politicians
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