Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nohad Mashnouq, indicated on Friday that his Ministry is bound to applying the enforced election law with all the deadlines it determines, hoping the current political action will produce a new vote mode.

On his fears of any institutional vacuum, Mashnouq said that “the President of the Republic is the protector of the Constitution and the organizer of the institutions’ work.”

He also highlighted the importance of holding the legislative polls on their due time in order to secure the continuity of democracy.

Mashnouq made these remarks during his meeting with the British and German Ambassadors to Lebanon, to whom he stressed that democracy without an elected Parliament is no democracy at all.

UK envoy Hugo Shorter felicitated the Minister on the thwarting of a suicide attack in Hamra, hailing the professionalism of the security apparatuses, and highlighting the necessity of coordination for that matter.

The Ambassador also conveyed his country’s support for the security services affiliated to the Ministry of Interior within the frame of the memorandum of understanding inked with the Internal Security Forces.

Moreover, He revealed underway preparations for an announcement of a twinning agreement between the ISF agency and the North Irish police, in upcoming February.

In addition, he expressed relief over the measures undertaken by the Ministry and the security apparatuses for the purpose of enhancing security at Beirut international airport.

The pair also discussed the means to provide support for over one million displaced Syrians present on the Lebanese soil.

Afterwards, Mashnouq welcomed German Ambassador Martin Huth, who felicitated his host on the recent security achievement in Hamra.

Moreover, Huth told Mashnouq that his government’s aids to the displaced Syrians in Lebanon will, by the end of 2017, amount to nearly USD one million throughout three years.

Yet his confirmed that his country’s interest went beyond the issue of Syrians, to include support for home stability and the reinvigoration of national economy.

“The meeting with Minister Mashnouq was fruitful,” Huth told reporters following the meeting. “I hailed the positive developments that have accompanied the stage that followed the election of a president of the republic and the formation of a new government.”

“We discussed a number of projects to which Germany is contributing, on the level of development, in addition to helping the communities hosting displaced Syrians in Lebanon,” he added.

He said that talks also touched on the necessity to hold the legislative polls on their due date.

Source: National News Agency

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Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Nohad Mashnouq, indicated on Friday that his Ministry is bound to applying the enforced election law with all the deadlines it determines, hoping the current political action will produce a new vote mode. On his fears of any institutional vacuum, Mashnouq said that 'the...