A Free Patriotic Movement delegation meets with Kataeb chief Sami Gemayel, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati &Nohra, HO)
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An agreement has been reached on the formation of a committee to draft a new voting system to replace the 1960 electoral law, a Free Patriotic Movement delegation announced Tuesday following talks with the country's top leaders.The proposed committee would include representatives from all of the political parties and would be tasked with devising an electoral law ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for May 2017 .The delegation of five FPM lawmakers, headed by MP Ibrahim Kanaan, met Tuesday with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel to promote the group's proposal to separate the Cabinet formation process from attempts to endorse a new electoral law to replace the controversial 1960 majoritarian system.Political powers remain at odds over drafting an electoral law to govern next year's parliamentary elections. Lebanese parties are divided between adopting a proportional vote law, or a hybrid electoral law that includes aspects of the proportional and winner-take-all systems. Kanaan rejected the theory that time was running out for a new electoral law, raising fears that the elections might be held under the 1960 system. Kanaan stressed that the FPM opposes another extension of Parliament's term as well as the 1960 electoral law.
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