File - Minister Nicolas Fattoush arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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MP Nicholas Fattoush said Wednesday that the "extraordinary circumstances" which prompted Parliament to extend its term in 2013 have become worse, a reality which made him propose another extension to salvage Lebanon from a "deadly void" in institutions.Fattoush's draft law, which he presented to Parliament Tuesday, calls for extending the legislature's term for two years and seven months, citing security reasons that do not allow the timely holding of parliamentary elections, scheduled for November. The Zahle lawmaker presented a draft law to extend Parliament's term for two years in 2013, citing security reasons. MPs, however, extended their term for only 17 months in May of that year. Fattoush said that the security situation was now worse. Earlier this month, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and the Nusra Front took over the northeastern town of Arsal. They withdrew after five days of bloody clashes with the Army which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers, 16 residents of Arsal and dozens of militants. Fattoush said those who oppose the extension proposal should present a constitutional counter-argument.Fattoush said that any lawmaker who did not favor extension could vote against it.
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