Salam chairs a Cabinet meeting at the Grand Serail Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Dalati& Nohra, HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday called on joint parliamentary committees to meet next week to mull a host of electoral draft laws.Berri said he will not call for a parliamentary session before discussions over a new electoral law are completed.MP Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc has welcomed Berri's stance, saying it would help solve the electoral law problem. The country's major Christian parties, complaining of what they view as a lack of true Christian representation in Parliament, have long demanded a new electoral law to replace the 1960 voting system, which called for electoral districts to be based on the qadas. Berri said he has in Parliament 17 electoral draft laws and proposals that have been submitted by a number of lawmakers and a 10-member parliamentary committee tasked with drafting a new electoral law to replace the 1960 voting system.
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