File - Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut July 9, 2014. (Reuters)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk is expected to caution the Cabinet during its session Thursday against holding parliamentary elections due to security concerns, sources close to the minister told The Daily Star.Parliament extended its term for 17 months in May 2013, citing deteriorating security.Ministerial sources said that Machnouk's announcement would not prevent the establishment of the Elections Supervisory Committee by the government Thursday, essential to hold the polls, unless one of the Cabinet parties opposed the move.Future ministers could possibly oppose the establishment of the ESC, as the group is against holding parliamentary elections before the presidential election, arguing that it raises constitutional concerns.Parliamentary sources said that the failure to hold parliamentary elections on time and extend Parliament's term were inevitable, adding that an agreement would be reached on how this would happen during meetings from now till November.
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