(UPDATE) MPS QUOTE BERRI AS SAYING DETERMINED TO HOLD ELECTIONS ON TIME, REJECTING ATTEMPTS TO DERAIL IT

Deputies who met with Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, this Wednesday, quoted him as insisting on “holding of parliamentary elections on time,” and that “all the attempts to raise issues will not succeed in preventing this entitlement from happening.”

Berri rejected every move that “opens the door to overthrowing the law and thus the election.”

“We will never allow such a thing,” he said.

On a different note, Speaker Berri received a delegation from the French Senate, headed by Senator Bruno Retailleau, in the presence of French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher, with talks touching on the latest developments, bilateral relations and cooperation between the two parliaments.

The head of the French delegation said after the meeting “we have to develop ties and friendship at the parliamentary level, next to the two countries’ historic relations. Parliaments are an expression of democracy and when there is democracy there are elements for peaceful coexistence among peoples.”

“It was an occasion in which I expressed to the Speaker the extent of the friendship between our two countries, which was expressed recently through the efforts exerted by President Macron for the return of Prime Minister Hariri to Lebanon and the withdrawal of his resignation. It was a moment of national unity in Lebanon. In the coming months, France will organize the Cedar conference to create the infrastructure for investment and the development of Lebanon’s economy, he said.

Source: National News Agency