MP Walid Jumblatt, right, speaks during a joint press conference with Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh in the northern town of Bneshaai, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora sent the strongest signal yet Monday about the possible extension of Parliament's mandate for a limited period, citing similar security threats to the ones that had led to last year's extension.However, Siniora stressed that the new extension of Parliament's term should be used to elect a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year tenure ended on May 25 .The elections, originally set for June 2013, were delayed by Parliament last May.Siniora's remarks came as attempts to extend Parliament's term moved into high gear last week, after Zahle MP Nicolas Fattoush presented a draft proposal for the extension of the legislative body's term by two years and seven months, arguing that the move was aimed at protecting civil peace in the face of security threats.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Siniora said last week they supported a new extension of Parliament's term in the event a new president could not be elected. MP Walid Jumblatt was also reported to be supporting a limited extension of Parliament's mandate. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour from Jumblatt's bloc said that had a president been elected, there would have been no excuse for any political party to call for an extension of Parliament's term.
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