“The debate is resolved,” Gemayel tweeted in response to MP Wael Abu Faour’s statement.
“Listed deputies on the catalog of attendees’ names confirmed entering the General Assembly after it starting,” Gemayel pointed out.
“The session got underway without securing quorum; thus, it is unconstitutional,” he slammed.
Despite the confirmation of the Speaker of the Parliament that full quorum was reached with 67 MPs in attendance, MP Wael Abu Faour stated that when the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) entered the General Assembly, the session was already underway.
“Upon the entry of four PSP lawmakers to the session- Bilal Abdallah, Hady Abu al-Hassan, Faysal al-Sayegh, Akram Chehayeb –the session was already underway and then I joined them,” Abu Faour told LBCI TV station.
“It is not our responsibility to validate whether the quorum was secured or not, nor to count attending MPs. We have participated in the session as per our previous confirmation of attendance and of passing a vote of no confidence,” Abu Faour noted.
In a previous tweet, Gemayel had urged deputies who did not yet enter the General assembly to boycott the Parliament vote of confidence session.
"Kicking off the vote of confidence session without securing quorum is unconstitutional and constitutes violation to the rules of procedure,” Gemayel wrote on Twitter.
“This is a hit to democracy in Lebanon and a challenge to the rising up Lebanese youths,” he then stressed.