Mashnouq: No quorum renders door permanently open to constitutional crises

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY LEBANON) Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nuhad al-Mashnouq, considered Saturday that “lack of constitutional quorum shall lead to opening the door permanently to constitutional crises.”

“The only thing that would create balance and give the impression of a normal political and constitutional life is the election of a President of the Republic,” added Mashnouq, speaking in an interview to “MTV” Channel Station.

“As long as constitutional quorum is incomplete, it shall keep the door always open to constitutional crises,” said Mashnouq, adding that “disputes might stop for a period of time, but will eventually return.”

“I have no idea whether there will be a Cabinet session next Thursday,” Mashnouq went on, noting that “PM Tamam Salam will decide on the matter upcoming Monday.”

“If a meeting is decided, that would mean that there is an agreement to discuss this issue within the Cabinet and the extent of commitment by its members to stop all aggravation pertaining to their areas,” Mashnouq went on.

Over the issue of the displaced Assyrians, Mashnouq said “We have decided to facilitate their entry into Lebanon.”

“They are few in numbers and are persecuted and oppressed,” said Mashnouq, adding that “the General Security has been informed of our decision and began taking measures to facilitate their entry.”