During this legislative session, the MPs agreed on an Anti-Corruption Law for the public sector and on the establishment of a National Anti-Corruption Commission, as reported by the joint committees.
Exemption from value-added tax has been approved on donations from public administrations, institutions, and municipalities to help face COVID-19, subject to obtaining cabinet approval.
They also approved on appending progressive judges to the judges’ salary series.
Speaker of the parliament Nabih Berri responded to the protesters against spending on the judges’ salaries by saying: “Go search for the stolen money instead of depriving a few judges of their rights.”
The statement, which was issued right after the decision on Anti-Corruption Law, incited a series of comments on the purpose of that law and on whether Speaker Berri believes it is now on the people to “search for the stolen money.”
During the session, President Hassan Diab proposed to withdraw the $4.9 million loan from the International Bank for Agricultural Development. The parliamentary blocs were divided on the subject.
As for the revolutionaries, they are still making plans to continue within the health and safety measures.
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