Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks with Moen Merabi before addressing lawmakers at the beginning of a two-day parliamentary session, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament convened Thursday for the first of a two-day session to quiz Cabinet over its performance, with the electoral law, means of combatting corruption and the state budget taking center stage.The consultation is scheduled in anticipation of a Cabinet meeting that will take place Monday and will delve into the electoral law.Bassil had proposed adopting a hybrid law for electing half of Parliament under a majoritarian system and the other half under a proportional formula.The LF, the Future Movement, and the FPM have been supporting a hybrid law to replace the current winner-take-all 1960 law. Aoun has said he would prefer a parliamentary vacuum over extending lawmakers' terms or holding elections according to the 1960 electoral law.Future Movement MP Oqab Saqr claimed that the parties were only acting according to their own interests when discussing the electoral law.LF MP Antoine Zahra criticized Cabinet for passing a draft budget without including the public-sector salary scales, which has yet to be agreed on.Former Prime Minister MP Najib Mikati accused the Cabinet of squandering public funds by continuing to rely on two Turkish ships to provide additional electricity.
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