Machnouk also expressed support for a female quota in Parliament.
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Next year's parliamentary elections must be based on the current voting law or be postponed, caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Wednesday.After Machnouk left following his speech, caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, a top aide of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, questioned the announcement.Free Patriotic Movement-affiliated MP Alain Aoun said the Machnouk's comments were simply realistic.The LF, PSP and FM's proposal would see 60 MPs elected based on proportional representation while 68 MPs would be elected on the current 1960 law.While most MPs questioned the strengths and weaknesses of one proposal over another, MP Ahmad Fatfat simply objected to the current system being called the 1960 law.The election of President Aoun at the end of October, and previous statements from Machnouk have given a strong indication that elections would go ahead.MP Serge Torsarkissian cited his as-yet unpassed 2002 proposal for mandatory female representation in municipality elections.MP George Adwan claimed that a majority of the nation's judges were female and therefore they should be given responsibilities in Parliament as well.
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