Protesters rallying against the extension of the Parliament term, throw tomatoes at the car of a lawmaker in Beirut, Friday, May 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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On May 31, 2013, days before the scheduled parliamentary election, MPs from the country's various blocs headed to Parliament and passed a draft law that extended their mandate for 17 months, citing security concerns.The real reason, however, was the lack of an agreement on a new election law that suited the ambitions of each party as Christian lawmakers, backed by Bkirki, were adamant on rejecting the law in effect -- the 1960 election law. Since the extension, lawmakers have held few if any parliamentary committee sessions to discuss the proposed draft laws.Last month, the Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform slammed Parliament Monday over the possible extension of its mandate, warning against a political environment that appears to be leaning toward extension.
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