File - Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani speaks during an interview in Beirut, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani Monday said that time is running out for Lebanon's government to agree on a new voting law.Hasbani said that a "technical" delay should not exceed the required time to educate and prepare voters for the new law before elections take place.He added that if the new voting law is discussed with the same "positivity" as the budget, he is optimistic that elections will take place this year. Political parties are split over a proportional electoral law and a hybrid electoral law which combines elements of the proportional law with the previous 1960 majoritarian law.
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