Time for legislating

It is truly lamentable that while Lebanon’s flailing economy is in dire need of attention by the country’s legislature, some of our newly elected deputies are yet not aware that Parliament is a serious institution where such maladies are addressed to spare the country further hardships.

While it is true these MPs were elected thanks to a bizarre electoral law, it doesn’t change the fact they now represent the people’s interest in a country that is in a difficult stage and requires every conceivable service and a focus on the ailing economy.

As the title of this extra parliamentary session of necessity suggests, the gathering is aimed at studying the urgent problems faced by the electorate, and looking at the list of issues being discussed, one would think concerted efforts were being fielded aimed at hopefully relieving the people of some their burdens.

But to turn Parliament into a field of venom, cynicism, mud slinging and outright abuse is a conduct that is sickening, especially as the Lebanese are already fed up with seeing such attitudes on social media from the same representatives.

These people would do well to remember that Parliament is the principal vehicle of democracy and not a set for delivering sarcasm, and that the MPs were elected not for their wit and dry humor but rather to solve the prevailing problems.

We have heard these people’s cynicism so many times on social media, in press releases on television interviews that we have grown weary of it to say the least because it represents an inherently vindictive nature anxious to settle scores and, in many cases, make veiled insinuations to their master’s designs.

Fortunately Speaker Nabih Berri has with wisdom and resolve set the record straight and patiently but strictly navigated to deny the wishes of these few politicians to redirect and consequently to derail such an important session toward political and self-promoting agendas that will not achieve one iota of the people’s needs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 25, 2018, on page 1.




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