Information Minister Ramzi Joreige, MPs Robert Ghanem and Farid Makari along with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attend a meeting of Parliament's joint committees Thursday, May 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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The joint parliamentary committees decided Thursday to limit their discussions on a new electoral law to two hybrid proposals that call for a proportional voting system as well as the present winner-takes-all formula as the rival parties remained adamant on their conflicting positions. Deputy Parliament Speaker Farid Makari, who chaired the committees' meeting, said that blocs are clearly split between those who support a voting system based on proportional representation and those who oppose it. The Future Movement, along with the Lebanese Forces and the Progressive Socialist Party, have also proposed a hybrid law whereby 60 MPs would be elected on the basis of proportional representation, and the remaining 68 MPs on a winner-takes all system.Makari said some MPs demanded that the number of Parliament's members be increased by six to represent the Lebanese expatriates.Bassil, also head of the Free Patriotic Movement, echoed Makari's remarks, stressing that the Lebanese expats should be represented by six MPs – one for each continent.
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