Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat attends a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Future Movement is seeking an extension of Parliament only until the election of a new president, MP Ahmad Fatfat said Sunday, stressing that conducting elections during presidential void would lead to a wider vacuum.According to Lebanon's Constitution, the Cabinet is automatically considered resigned after a parliamentary election. Since the president is responsible for appointing a new prime minister, holding parliamentary elections under a presidential void would leave a complete vacuum in the executive authority of the government.Such a stalemate, according to Future MPs, demonstrates that electing a Parliament, and thus ending the Cabinet's term while presidential vacuum remains, would lead to void in two institutions instead of one.
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