Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaks during a press conference at his residence in Ain al-Tineh, Beirut, Monday, April 25, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The new vote law will not see light if rivals don't agree in advance on it, Speaker Nabih Berri said Saturday, criticizing parties for wasting time to prevent consensus."They [rivals] are wasting time during the Parliament's joint committees meeting to block consensus and return to the previous law [the 1960 winners-take-all-system]," Berri told Al-Akhbar newspaper. The speaker said that he considers adopting Lebanon as a one single constituency under a proportional representation to be "the best electoral law". The speaker has suggested a hybrid vote law, which calls for electing 64 MPs on the basis of proportional representation, while the remaining 64 would be voted in based on a majoritarian system.Parliamentary joint committees Wednesday continued discussions on finding a new vote law to replace the contested 1960 majoritarian system.
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