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FPM submits bill for direct presidential election

Lebanese Forces MP Elie Keyrouz, right, listens to Change and Reform bloc MP Ibrahim Kanaan during a presidential election session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Ten MPs from Michel Aoun's Reform and Change bloc have submitted a draft proposal to amend the Constitution to allow the president to be elected via a popular vote, according to LBCI TV.

The TV station quoted Parliament sources as saying that the draft law, which was presented by MP Ibrahim Kanaan, proposed a mechanism for the president to be elected directly by the Lebanese electorate as oppose to via their parliamentary representatives.

The draft laws implements a proposal from Free Patriotic Movement leader Aoun, the undeclared presidential candidate of the March 8 coalition, to directly elect the head of state and prevent a presidential vacuum from occurring in the future.

Aoun suggested that Christians could vote in a first round, with the top two candidates then facing a vote by the general public.

The presidency, which has been vacant since former President Michel Sleiman's term ended May 25, is reserved for a Maronite Christian under the National Pact of 1943 that governs Lebanon's political power-sharing.

 

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