Former Speaker Hussein Husseini speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, March 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament's extension undermines legitimacy of presidential election, Husseini saysSitting in his spacious office, former Speaker Hussein Husseini reads a copy of Lebanon's Constitution, extensively amended during the 1989 Taif Agreement that ended the country's Civil War.Husseini believes that Parliament must immediately pass an electoral law based on proportional representation, after which the government could hold parliamentary elections followed by a presidential election.Husseini details around 12 executive laws that are stipulated in the Taif Agreement but have yet to be issued.Husseini says the Taif Agreement also stipulates that an executive law to regulate the relationship between the prime minister and the Cabinet should be drafted.Husseini added that, in line with the Taif amendments, the Constitution gives the president the absolute power to issue the decree to form the government.Husseini said that, contrary to widespread belief, the Taif Agreement's amendments to the Constitution did not mention that the posts of president, speaker and prime minister should be allocated to specific sects.Although he has been in the political arena since the early 1970s, Husseini, who hails from the Bekaa Valley village of Shmustar, is not bored of politics.He says the electoral law would determine whether he would run for parliamentary elections scheduled for November.
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