Hariri speaks as he arrives at the parliament in Beirut, Friday, April 7, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A special Cabinet session set for next week promises to be crucial in ongoing efforts to reach consensus on a new electoral law to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections, official sources said Friday.Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday boosted chances of reaching a deal over a new vote law by indicating that his Future Movement was ready to accept a hybrid vote system, or even an electoral law based on full proportional representation, as demanded by Hezbollah and the Amal Movement. He said the Cabinet would send soon a new draft electoral law to Parliament for final ratification.Hariri's remarks appear to discount the possibility of voting either in Cabinet or in Parliament on a new vote law proposal to prevent divisions.Speaker Nabih Berri has also warned that voting on a raft of draft electoral laws in Parliament would spark "a civil war" in the country.In his speech, Hariri also promised to send to Parliament soon the 2017 draft state budget that was endorsed by the Cabinet last week for final ratification by lawmakers for the first time in 12 years.
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