Lebanese politicians attend the national dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri is expected to prod rival leaders during this week's national dialogue session into agreeing on an electoral law after their representatives failed to reach a consensus on a new voting system, sources close to the speaker said Monday.Berri is scheduled to chair a new national dialogue session at his Ain al-Tineh residence Wednesday.Berri, according to the source, will present to the rival March 8 and March 14 leaders a report prepared by a 10-member parliamentary committee tasked with drafting a new electoral law to replace the 1960 voting system adopted in the last parliamentary elections in 2009 . Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan, a committee member who handed the panel's report to Berri last week following more than two months of deliberations over several electoral law proposals, could not be reached for comment. During the last dialogue session earlier this month, March 14 politicians insisted that reactivation of Parliament must begin with the election of a president before discussing any other issues, while the March 8 parties argued that Parliament should resume legislation at the beginning of its regular term on March 22 .Parliament last week failed to the 37th time to convene to elect a president due to a lack of quorum, prompting Berri to schedule a new session for April 18 .
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