Deputy Speaker Farid Makari chairing the Parliament's joint committees meeting, Thursday, May 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Parliament, HO)
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The Parliament's joint committee Thursday adjourned discussions on the country' electoral law to next week over sharp differences between rivals, as parties remained adamant on their positions.The session comes one day after Speaker Nabih Berri offered an initiative to hold legislative polls before the election of a president, thus shortening the Parliament's mandate which was extended in 2013 and again in 2014 by most MPs.The first presented by Berri adopts a hybrid electoral law whereby 64 MPs would be elected on the basis of proportional representation and the remaining 64 on a winner-take-all system.The second is the one backed by the Future, LF and Progressive Socialist Party whereby 60 MPs would be elected on the basis of proportional representation, and the remaining 68 MPs on a winner-take-all system.During the first session, rival MPs agreed to limit discussions of a new law to three categories: A hybrid law, which includes a proportional voting system as well as the present winner-take-all system, a law based on proportional representation and a law based on Lebanon as a single constituency.The joint committees agreed in the first meeting to choose four different proposals of the 17 draft laws available to present to Parliament's general assembly for a vote.
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