Head of the Lebanese University Adnan Sayyed Hussein speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)
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Head of the Lebanese University Adnan Sayyed Hussein proposed Friday several constitutional reforms to strengthen the president's role in political life, including that the county's head of state be elected by popular vote.During a conference titled "The President's Prerogatives: Between the Constitution and Political Practice," Hussein said the prerogatives of president had been curtailed as per the Taef Accord, weakening what he said was the country's top post. Sayyed Hussein proposed a number of constitutional reforms that he said would restore and strengthen the president's prerogatives.Sayyed Hussein also noted that the sectarian system in Lebanon, particularly in the public sector, obstructed the president's ability to carry out his duties.
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