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Speaker Berri promises fruitful May 15 electoral law deadline

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed optimism that Parliament's new deadline for a new electoral law would be fruitful.

"What happened makes everyone responsible for their actions to get a new electoral law as soon as possible," Berri was quoted as saying by local daily Al-Joumhouria Friday, referring to President Michel Aoun's postponement of Thursday's controversial meeting.

"This month should be the month we agree on a new [electoral] law," he added.

President Michel Aoun Wednesday postponed a controversial parliamentary extension session that had been scheduled for Thursday. This move prevented lawmakers from extending their term by one year and defused tensions ahead of planned protests.

A new political rift emerged Tuesday over attempts by Berri to go ahead with plans to extend Parliament’s term for one more year, following two extensions in 2013 and 2014.

Berri, along with some parties that supported the extensions, say they will work to prevent a parliamentary vacuum.

 

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