BEIRUT: MPs from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future bloc will submit their candidacies for the planned parliamentary elections after lawmakers from Speaker Nabih Berri’s bloc announced similar preparations.
“The Future Movement will respect the dates set by the Interior Ministry and will submit its candidates regardless of what might happen later,” Future MP Ammar Houri said Friday.
The Future Movement has said it supports holding the elections on time but that a new president must be elected before holding the parliamentary polls.
Meanwhile, lawmakers from Hezbollah’s bloc, MP Walid Jumblatt’s bloc and Gen. Michel Aoun’s bloc have also undertaken similar preparations, the daily newspaper Al-Joumhouria said Friday.
Al-Joumhouria quoted senior sources from the March 14 coalition as saying that the Future Movement-led alliance would also submit its candidates for the parliamentary elections.
MPs from Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc began preparations last week to submit their candidacies for the elections based on the current election law.
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk issued a notice detailing the documents required for those intending to submit their candidacies for the hotly debated parliamentary elections, which are currently scheduled for Nov. 16. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m.