File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri during a legislative session in Beirut, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Preparations are underway for a new extension of Parliament's mandate, which expires in November, due to the difficulties in holding parliamentary elections for political, legal, constitutional and technical reasons, diplomatic sources said.Citing political, legal and constitutional factors for not holding parliamentary elections scheduled in November, the sources said consultations have begun in political and official corridors on how to secure a second extension of Parliament's term, which is expected to be for one and a half years.The failure to both elect a president and hold parliamentary elections on time is bound to prolong the life of Prime Minister Tammam Salam's government, which is expected to stay in office until next year, the sources said.
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