Gemayel: Power Plan Appeal Aimed at Curbing Tender-Related Violations

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Gemayel: Power Plan Appeal Aimed at Curbing Tender-Related Violations

Kataeb leader Gemayel hailed the Constitutional Council's decision to partially annul the government's power plan, stressing that the main goal behind the appeal submitted by the Kataeb lawmakers, as well as seven other deputies, was to put things on the right track and prevent wrongdoings.

"Since the first day, we clearly said that the government plan lacks a clear legal framework for the tendering processes, which opens the door for many abnormalities and flaws," Gemayel told Al-Markazia news agency.

"Once again, we proved our commitment to the concept of state institutions in the face of irregularities," he stressed. "The opposition has proven that it can be effective, regardless of its size, as long as there are sincere intentions and serious efforts."

Gemayel overlooked the political bickering that will erupt in the wake of the Constitutional Council's decision, stressing that the people's interest is what matters the most.

"This appeal is not to be taken personal as it was targeting anyone; it is simply aimed at preserving public funds and rectify performance in the Parliament," Gemayel said.

In another interview on MTV, Gemayel noted that the main reason behind the challenge he had submitted to the Constitutional Council was to curb violations, and make sure that accountability as well as the private-public parternship law be applied in the relevant tenders.

"The target of those who set out the power plan was to create a state of legal void so that they would do whatever they want in the tenders."

"The Constitutional Council should have seized this opportunity to set out rules and controls to avoid chaotic legislation," he pointed out.

Gemayel added that the Constitutional Council may have failed to examine closely how the voting took place at the Parliament when the plan was ratified, saying that it should have requested a recording of the session to decide on this violation point.

According to the appeal, the power plan violates mainly the Article 36 of the Constitution which stipulates that votes in Parliament should be cast verbally or by the members rising and sitting, except in case of elections when the ballot shall be secret.

With respect to laws in general, the vote shall always be taken by roll-call and in an audible voice; something that did not take place during the ratification of the plan in the Parliament.