File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads the weekly meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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A parliamentary subcommittee tasked with examining a raft of draft electoral laws agreed Wednesday on a mechanism to address the issue on the basis of proportional representation and a winner-takes-all system.Wednesday's was the fifth meeting held by the 11-member subcommittee, made up of March 8 and March 14 lawmakers, since MPs from rival blocs extended Parliament's mandate for two years and seven months on Nov. 5 . A proposal presented by MP Ali Bazzi from Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc that calls for electing half of Parliament's 128 members on the basis of proportional representation and the other half according to the winner-takes-all system.Ghanem, the head of the Parliamentary Justice and Administration Committee, said the panel's talks were based on Berri's electoral proposal presented by Bazzi which, he said, did not differ much from the draft law submitted by other parliamentary blocs, which calls for electing 68 lawmakers on the basis of proportional representation and 60 lawmakers according to the winner-takes-all system.
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