Lebanese Parliament suspends session due to blockade of protester

  • Wednesday 20, November 2019 07:06 AM
  • Lebanese Parliament suspends session due to blockade of protester
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Lebanon's parliament was blocked from holding its first session in two months on Tuesday (November 19) after protesters prevented lawmakers from reaching the building, escalating a wave of demonstrations against rulers blamed for steering towards economic collapse
At the parliament, gunfire was heard as several dozen protesters forced two SUVs with official number plates and tinted windows to turn back as they approached the building, Lebanese television showed. The vehicles sped away after they were struck by demonstrators chanting "Out, out, out!"

Parliament later announced the session had been postponed indefinitely due to a lack of quorum. Some protesters danced in celebration.

The session's agenda had included re-electing members of the parliamentary committees and discussion of a controversial amnesty law that would lead to the release of hundreds of prisoners. Protesters were angry that the MPs were not tackling their demands for reform.