File - Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani leaves after attending a press conference in Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam and former premiers will meet Wednesday to discuss a controversial decision by Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani to expand the electoral body that picks his replacement.During a meeting under Qabbani Saturday, the body decided to expand the electoral body from more than 100 members to around 2,800 .However, Maher Saqqal, the deputy head of the council chaired by Qabbani, dismissed Miskawi's claims, stressing that the mufti would leave his post once his term expired in September.Saqqal said Miskawi's council was picturing the election process after the amendment as "very complicated" to serve its own agenda.He also accused Miskawi's council of wanting to keep the electoral body small because most of its members were currently loyal to it and thus it could elect the grand mufti it wanted.
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