Aoun Suspends Parliament for One Month under Article 59 of Constitution

President Michel Aoun used his presidential powers on Wednesday to suspend parliament’s activities for one month, which consequently led to Speaker Nabih Berri’s postponement of a controversial legislative session aimed at extending parliament’s term.

“I have decided to suspend parliament’s activities for one month in line with Article 59 of the Lebanese constitution,” Aoun said in a televised address to the nation.

It is the first time ever in Lebanon’s history that a Lebanese president resorts to this article, according to media reports.

“Upon my election as president, I performed the oath of office, vowing loyalty to the constitution of the Lebanese nation and its laws and to preserve Lebanon’s independence, unity and territorial integrity,” Aoun said.

“The Document of National Accord, which has become an inseparable part of the Lebanese constitution, stipulates that the parliamentary elections should take place according to a new electoral law,” he added.

The president also reminded that in his oath of office, he had vowed to “work on correcting the political representation of the Lebanese people according to the aforementioned constitutional principles.”

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12 April 2017, 20:19

Aoun: Upon my election, I performed the oath of office, vowing loyalty to the constitution of the Lebanese nation and its laws and to preserve Lebanon’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.

12 April 2017, 20:13

President Michel Aoun addressing nation: I have decided to suspend parliament’s activities for one month in line with Article 59 of the Lebanese constitution.

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