The municipality palace in Jezzine, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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On the way from Sidon to Jezzine, the roadside is dotted with portraits of would-be candidates for Jezzine's by-election.The district is represented in Parliament by three lawmakers: two Maronites and one Melkite Catholic. A by-elections was supposed to be held to quickly fill the vacant seat but did not take place as the Parliament's already-extended term was less than six months from expiring.New elections were supposed to have been held in November 2014, but Parliament elected to extend its own term again, tacking on another two years and seven months.Now that its mandate has been extended again, Parliament is obliged to hold a by-election in Jezzine. But Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk announced that the by-election would not be held before summer, stating that when the security situation is stable, an election would take place. Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt postponed his resignation from January to May, possibly as part of a deal to allow for the delay of the Jezzine by-election, as his retirement would prompt its own by-election in the Chouf district. Last week it was reported that Berri had promised by-elections would be held in both the Chouf and Jezzine in May.
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