Some election money comes from abroad

Central – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, presented the members of the delegation of the European Union election observation mission led by Representative Brando Benifei, who received them at Baabda Palace this morning, in the presence of the European Union Ambassador Ralph Tarraf, informed that “there are candidates for the parliamentary elections who are benefiting from the difficult economic and social conditions.” The Lebanese people are currently going through and paying money to confiscate their option, which is supposed to be free of any restrictions.

He pointed out that “some of the money paid in this election comes from outside Lebanon, which yesterday prompted me to call for rigor in the security and judicial authorities’ prosecution of bribery and bribery to continue these practices. “which will have a negative impact on the democratic practice of the elections and possibly their results.”

While President Aoun emphasized his bet on “voters’ awareness and their refusal to be commodities to be bought and sold, especially during the elections,” he informed the members of the European Mission that “all data relating to to bribery and other acts will be made available to the delegation to have a complete picture of these offenses that are punishable by law. ” .

President Aoun praised the work of the delegation, which includes representatives in the European Parliament of France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Poland and Hungary, emphasizing that “all facilities are provided to make their mission successful, in cooperation with the Lebanese administrations involved in the elections. “

The President of the Republic thanked the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von Derlein, for “sending this mission, which together with” An Arab and French delegation and international observers will take part in monitoring the course of the election process. ” He stressed that “preparations for the elections were completed next Sunday, after the elections took place on 6 and 8 May in the countries of the Lebanese diaspora, and the total turnout reached about 63%, noting that those in approx. “58 countries have been dispersed. Voted for the second time, and the first time was in 2018, and before that our people abroad were deprived of their right to vote to take part in making Lebanese political life.”

In response to questions from members of the mission, President Aoun indicated that “after the election, a new government will be formed that will complete the reform steps initiated by the current government, and we hope that this will be achieved soon. will be without any obstacles. “

At the beginning of the meeting, Representative Benneve presented to President Aoun the mission entrusted to the mission to monitor the elections and prepare a detailed report on it, pointing out that “a similar mission had previously attended the elections in Observed 2018 and made recommendations that were not taken, ”and said:“ The mission’s observers will be distributed in all Lebanese regions to achieve integrated election follow-up in support of the democracy that Lebanon enjoys.

“Our money is ours” Association: In addition, President Aoun received a delegation from the association “Our money is ours”, in whose name Firas Tannous spoke, pointing out “the miserable condition reached by depositors who live their lives and ammunition, their lives and lost the future of their children. “

The delegation demanded that “after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, a new government be formed that works with the House of Representatives to approve a draft law that fully protects the depositors’ money, and in its work program the development of a approve scheduling plan. to return depositors’ money within a short period of time. “

Addressing President Aoun, Tannous said: “You are the spearhead in the file to get depositors’ money back, because you know that the country has been looted and not broken, and the Lebanese people have suffered enough.”

President Aoun responded by welcoming the delegation and emphasizing his continuing knowledge of “the suffering of the Lebanese due to their inability to obtain their deposits, remuneration and salaries from banks”, noting that he has worked and will work “to safeguard the rights of depositors, and that the ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund focus in part on The issue of depositors, the conditions of banks and the work of the Banque du Liban, and I hope that these negotiations will lead to positive results that the appropriate foundations for reforming the financial and economic situation in the country.

President Aoun referred to the “obstacles that have stood in the way of many reform bills that address the current dire economic situation in the country, including the” Capital Control “project, and the criminal investigation, which is supposed to determine responsibilities in preparation for liability. “

Addressing the members of the delegation, President Aoun said: “I will continue to fight to restore your rights and fight corruption until the last moment of my mandate, because the money of all depositors is their right, and it is not for they are acceptable to bear the burden of losses suffered in our financial system for reasons that are no longer hidden from anyone, and no pressure will deter us. ” “Or a position or barter on jobs to preserve depositors’ money as part of an integrated plan for economic recovery in the country.”

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