FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Monday, June 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The presidency, which has been vacant since former President Michel Sleiman's term ended on May 25, is reserved for a Maronite Christian under the National Pact of 1943 that governs Lebanon's political power-sharing.Aoun resurrected his previous proposal for a new parliamentary electoral law under which each religious group would elect its own members of Parliament. Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat called Aoun's proposal "strange" as well as "un-serious and impractical".Regarding Aoun's proposal for a new parliamentary law, Fatfat said the draft law has "already been rejected". He went on to question why Aoun would support direct election for the presidency only, and not the other top positions such as the speaker and the prime minister. Information Minister Ramzi Joreige, for his part, who is considered close to the Kataeb, said it was "illogical" to hold parliamentary elections before the presidential poll, as suggested by Aoun.
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