File - President Michel Sleiman arrives to attend a Cabinet session at Baabda Palace, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Chapter Four of Part Two of Lebanon's Constitution extensively details the role of the "Executive Power," which comprises the president of the republic, the prime minister and the Cabinet. Within Chapter Four, 15 articles – Articles 49 through 63 – specify the prerogatives and duties of the president. Article 55 The president of the republic may, in accordance with the conditions stipulated in Articles 65 and 77 of this Constitution, ask the Cabinet to dissolve the Parliament before the expiration of its mandate. If the Cabinet, based on this request, decides to dissolve Parliament, the president shall issue the decree dissolving it, and in this case, the electoral bodies shall meet as provided for in Article 25, and the new Parliament shall be called to convene within fifteen days after the proclamation of the election.
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