From left, Ministers Boutros Harb, Mohammad Machnouk and Rashid Derbas take the elevator as they arrive to attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet signed a decree Tuesday calling on the electorate to vote in parliamentary elections scheduled for November, but the move is not expected to boost the chances of holding the polls on time.However, the Cabinet move, which came 18 hours after the expiry of the legal deadline to publish the decree, does not necessary mean that parliamentary polls will be held on time, given warnings by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and other officials that security conditions are not favorable for holding the elections.The decree calling on the electorate to vote should have been published before Aug. 18, as constitutionally it must be published within 90 days of the parliamentary polls scheduled for Nov. 16 .Although he sent the decree to the Cabinet for approval earlier this month, Machnouk had said last week that security agencies had advised against holding the parliamentary elections, a move that set the stage for a possible extension of Parliament's mandate, which expires on Nov. 20 .
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