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Interior Ministry preps for parliamentary elections

File - Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk attends a ceremony in Roumieh, Monday, June 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk launched preparations Wednesday for parliamentary elections due to take place in November, and issued a decree inviting the electorate to participate in the upcoming polls.

The decree calling on resident and non-resident members of the electorate to participate in the elections was issued on the basis of the enforced electoral law No. 25/2008, and was sent to Cabinet in accordance with constitutional deadlines.

The interior minister had previously issued a degree to Cabinet regarding the formation of the supervisory council overseeing election campaigns. Machnouk is set to address relevant bodies on the appointment of new members of the supervisory council.

Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Nabih Berri rejected any extension of Parliament’s mandate, saying he had already called on the Interior Ministry to prepare for forthcoming elections.

With the presidential vacuum in its third month and no solution in sight, the stage is being set for a possible new extension of Parliament’s mandate, which expires in November.

Parliament has failed to elect a new president 10 times since April, due to a lack of quorum to pick a successor to the former president, Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 07, 2014, on page 4.

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