| 2 February 2023, Thursday |

Committees’ elections produce a majority for Hezbollah and its allies

In a competitive and consensual atmosphere in a number of committees such as foreign affairs, youth, sports, women, children and media, and inconsistent in other basic committees, the process of electing the members of the 16 parliamentary committees took place, which required two sessions due to the long time that the election took, especially for committees that were not agreed upon, such as money, budget, administration, justice and works And others, given the number of candidates and the interest of most blocs, independents and changers in it, because of its essential role in the reforms required for any aid and fulfilling the agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

While the committees are expected to meet within a period of 3 days to elect the chairperson and rapporteur, it can be said that the identity of the chairperson in some committees has become settled based on the number of members and their political affiliations. It is noteworthy that in most of them, the deputies of Hezbollah, Amal and the movement won the majority, with between 9 and 10 members, compared to 8 or 7 for the sovereign, independent and change parties. In the Finance and Budget Committee, for example, the re-election of Representative Ibrahim Kanaan as its chairman is a settled matter after the victory of 9 members of the current allies, i.e. Hezbollah and Amal, in exchange for 8 members of the forces, the battalions, the Socialist, the Independence Movement and change representatives, two of whom fell, Mark Daou and Firas Hamdan, in exchange for two wins: Ibrahim Mneimneh and Ihab Matar. As for the Administration and Justice Committee, the representatives of Amal, Hezbollah, and the Free Patriotic Movement were able to win 9 members as well, compared to 8 for the Forces, the Phalanges, the Socialist, an Independent, and the Deputy of the Islamic Group. None of the changers won. These results will make it difficult to re-elect George Adwan to head the Administration and Justice Committee, unless there is agreement with the current, Amal or Hezbollah.
The session established once again the presence of two camps in the new House of Representatives, one coherent with one Maestro, and the other disjointed, capable of allowing the victory of the party and its allies as a result of its lack of unity. In the session, the tension between the old representatives, especially from the Amal movement and the new ones, appeared once again, and there was more than one discussion against the background of the nomination mechanism for committee membership. It also became more and more apparent the extent of the parliament speaker’s annoyance with Representative Paula Yacoubian, who did not hesitate to respond quickly to her when she accused him of refusing to hold a contract. A session to discuss the file demarcation of the border, and he said, using the phrase Heidi: “Where was Heidi from 12 years old? We will remain silent because her husband is our friend.”

  • Sawt Beirut International