Hariri speaks with Zeaiter during a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Monday, April 10, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A newly formed ministerial committee tasked with drafting an electoral law will hold its first meeting Tuesday, in the latest official attempt to speed up a deal on a voting system and subsequently averting much-feared parliamentary vacuum.During a Cabinet session Monday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged rival parties to make "sacrifices" in order to help promote an agreement on a new vote law.The Cabinet, which met in a special session chaired by Aoun at Baabda Palace, discussed the issue of a voting system and decided to set up a ministerial committee headed by Hariri to explore a new electoral law.Addressing the ministers, Aoun said the Cabinet sessions would be open-ended until a new electoral law agreement is reached.Speaking during the Cabinet session, Hariri urged rival factions to make "sacrifices" to help reach an agreement on a new electoral law.As the Cabinet was in session, activists from civil society group "Parliament for Everybody" protested outside Baabda Palace, calling for a new electoral law and rejecting a new extension of Parliament's term.
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