Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a legislative session, Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Holding elections on the existing 1960 law would be a blow to the country Speaker Nabih Berri warned Thursday, a day after caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk indicated coming elections would use the old system or face more delays.Berri told visitors that he rejected the idea of holding general elections, scheduled for spring 2017, based on the 1960 law, adding that he wasn't surprised by Machnouk's comments at a major conference on electoral law Wednesday.The speaker said that the Future Movement, to whom Machnouk belongs, has indicated that the elections should be held based on the 1960 law even before presidential election despite the party's official position calling for a change.Berri also noted that most Lebanese people reject the current system. The Lebanese Forces, Progressive Socialist Party and Future Movement have proposed a hybrid electoral law that would see 60 MPs elected based on proportional representation and the remaining 68 MPs elected on the current 1960 law.Hobeish, however, didn't rule out the idea that elections would be held based on the 1960 law if no agreement on a replacement is made in time.
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