Harb said March 8’s behavior had weakened Lebanon’s ability to confront mounting challenges. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb Monday proposed adopting a simple majority quorum for electoral sessions in Parliament as a way out of the presidential deadlock."Just as we concluded from the Constitution that the first round required a two-thirds quorum, as well as two-thirds of votes needed for the election of a nominee, then let's conclude that a simple majority quorum with an absolute majority vote are required for the following rounds of voting," Harb said at a news conference announcing his initiative. He said that Speaker Nabih Berri's bloc along with those lawmakers from the March 14 coalition who have been attending the electoral sessions would secure a simple majority quorum of the 128-member hour. Addressing Berri, Harb said changing the needed quorum would eliminate the pretext of an "unconstitutional electoral process".
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