Berri believes the current security situation in Lebanon permits the holding of parliamentary elections. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri said Tuesday he supported holding parliamentary elections on time despite the unstable security situation and threats by Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups to carry out terror attacks in Lebanon as a sequel to the violent fallout from Syria and Iraq.Berri was quoted by visitors as saying he endorsed last year's extension of Parliament's mandate by 17 months because a war was raging on between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the northern city of Tripoli and because of Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir's anti-government movement in the southern city of Sidon. Berri, according to the visitors, reiterated the Amal Movement's stance that supported holding parliamentary elections as scheduled in November based on the 1960 law if agreement was not reached on a new electoral legislation.We should have elected a president before May 25 and yesterday before today," he was quoted as saying. He added that he would assume that the presidential election should take place before the end of Parliament's term.
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