Here Are The Election Results Of The New Lebanese Parliamentary Finance & Budget Committee


On Tuesday, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri inaugurated the session devoted to electing members of parliamentary committees, in accordance with the provisions of Article 19 of the parliament’s bylaws.

Elections began with the Parliamentary Finance and Budget Committee selecting 17 members out of 21 candidates.

The vote counting of the Finance and Budget Committee ended after about 2.5 hours with 5 Independent MPs, 5 from Amal & Hezbollah, 3 FPM, 2 Lebanese Forces (LF), 1 Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), and 1 Opposition MP.

Among the 5 MPs from Amal & Hezbollah in this committee is the controversial figure Ali Hassan Khalil, a suspect in the Beirut Blast who has been evading interrogation.

Here are the details:

Ibrahim KanaanFree Patriotic Movement (FPM)
Raji el-SaadProgressive Socialist Party (PSP)
Ali Hassan KhalilAmal & Hezbollah
Ayoub Hmayed Amal & Hezbollah
Alain AounFree Patriotic Movement (FPM)
Jihad Al-SamadIndependent
Hassan FadlallahAmal & Hezbollah
Ghada AyoubLebanese Forces (LF)
Jean TalouzianIndependent
Fouad MakhzoumiIndependent
Ali FayyadAmal & Hezbollah
Ghassan HasbaniLebanese Forces (LF)
Ibrahim MneimnehOpposition
Ghazi ZiaterAmal & Hezbollah
Salim AounFree Patriotic Movement (FPM)
Ihab MatarIndependent
Michel MoawadIndependent

This election process featured some tense comments, most notably:

Nabih Berri rejected MP Paula Yacoubian’s request to discuss the issue of the maritime borders, arguing that the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, will visit Lebanon next Sunday.

A debate took place between the MPs Firas Hamdan and Ali Hassan Khalil about the method of candidacy. At a certain moment, Khalil told off Firas Hamdan in a belittling way, saying, “Don’t interrupt me, my son,” which prompted Hamdan’s firm answer: “I am not your son, I am your colleague.”

Here are the results of the election of the other committees voted today, Tuesday, June 7th, with 4 remaining committees that will be voted “another day”, according to Parliament Speaker Berri:

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