Protesters rallying against the extension of the Parliament term, throw tomatoes at a poster bearing the pictures of MPs near the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, May 31, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The clock is ticking until Parliament's term expires, and Lebanon's vigilant civil society is adamant that they will not back down until elections to choose new MPs take place.Numerous activists, youth associations and organizations that are part of the Civil Movement for Accountability (CMFA) are opposed to extending the Parliament's term for a second time. Activists said that the current Parliament had lost the people's trust.If Parliament extends its mandate it will be the second time in a two years.However, there are doubts that elections will take place on time, especially as Parliament has failed on several occasions to elect a president, due to lack of quorum. The presidential post is still vacant, with no successor to fill the post left empty by former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25 . The group, according to Bazzi, was among the first to protest against the extension last year.Social media has played an important role in informing people about the possible extension with the hashtag?#NoToExtension currently trending.
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