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Future MP mulls amending constitution to avoid vacuum
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BEIRUT: Future MP Hadi Hobeish said Wednesday that he is preparing a proposal to amend the constitution in a bid to avoid a possible vacuum in the presidential post.

“I am personally studying the possibility of amending the constitution to avoid vacuum in the presidency post,” Hobeish told the Future television.

The term of President Michel Sleiman ends in May 2014. Sleiman has repeatedly said that he is against extending his term.

Hobeish explained that he is mulling two possibilities for amending the constitution: the first would be that Sleiman continues to carry out his missions as a caretaker president after his term ends until a successor is elected.

The second possibility is modifying the constitution to pressure lawmakers to attend a Parliament session for electing a new President.

Attending such a session, according to Hobeish, would be compulsory or else the lawmakers would lose their membership in Parliament.

Lebanon’s Parliament has been at stalemate due to the row between the country’s political rivals.

 
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