Future bloc MP Mohammad Hajjar warns that not electing a president will mean the extension of the Parliament's term. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Hariri's initiative stated that electing a president should be the first step, while MP Michel Aoun's earlier initiative had in turn called for amending the Constitution and passing a new electoral law to conduct parliamentary elections on time.Similarly, MP Yasin Jaber from Speaker Nabih Berri's Development and Liberation bloc said the extension of the Parliament's term was "the most odious of the permissible". Parliament extended its term for 17 months last May.The inability to agree on a new electoral law had also been used as an excuse for extending the Parliament's term by many parties, while others stress the necessity to conduct elections even through the controversial "1960 law," which was used in the 2009 polls.
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