The Lebanese parliament this Thursday approved the extension of the state of emergency in Beirut due to the violent explosions recorded last week, which left more than 170 dead and 6,000 injured.
Under Lebanese law, the state of emergency must be presented to the legislature if the measure lasts longer than a week. Now the army continues to be deployed in the streets of the capital, something that human rights defenders and activists have already criticized as “unnecessary”.
Independent MP Ousama Saad said in statements to the New TV chain that the decision “gives the army more power to ban agglomerations and demonstrations and expand the jurisdiction of the military courts”.
In the first parliamentary session since the tragedy, the chamber also accepted the resignation of seven MPs due to the strong protests recorded. At the beginning of the meeting, MPs observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the explosions.