| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Besides drinking coffee and social duties, what is the role of the Lebanese MP?

Besides providing his followers with services, protecting the rights of his sect, socializing and drinking coffee, what is the role of the real Lebanese Member of Parliament who is elected?

The MP, according to the constitution, represents his nation and must work to improve the social, economic and political life of the citizens.

The deputy must spend most of his time in the parliament, rather than traveling or performing another work that prevents him from doing his legislative role:

Legislative authority

1- Proposing laws

2- Discussing draft laws and proposals

3- Legislating and updating laws

The deputy is entrusted with the public money, which is, the people’s money. He is responsible for maintaining public finance, and his role is not to neglect approving the budget.

Financial authority

1- Discussing the government’s draft budget

2- Approving the general budget

3- Certification of account severance

The deputy shall be the citizens’ eyes within the parliament and the government. He is supposed to preserve their rights, monitor the government’s performance, and prosecute it.

Supervisory Authority:

1- Supervising the Government

2- Offering confidence in the government

3- The right of accusation, when the Prime Minister and ministers are charged with the crime of negligence or high treason, or when the President of the Republic is charged of violating the constitution or committing high treason.

When the citizen reads the authorities and duties of the deputy, he makes sure that they are not playing their role, but rather ‘ink on paper’ in the homeland of the hoopla, as Lebanon remained for years without a budget.

Parliament has never stripped confidence from the government.

Deputies were elected and never entered the parliament.

They didn’t work on updating laws which has been enacted during Ottoman Empire era.

Parliamentary Committees bury the draft laws, and a deputy can be both a minister and a deputy at the same time. And you ask why there is no accountability or development, and the electoral competition is over a “cup of coffee.”

  • Sawt Beirut International