France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the capital Beirut, on February 20, 2017. / AFP / JOSEPH EID
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri signed a decree Tuesday inviting voters to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections, in a move apparently aimed at prodding political rivals to act quickly to endorse a new vote law to replace the disputed 1960 majoritarian system.In the meantime, President Michel Aoun vowed to fight a political battle if the need arose to attain a new vote law, in his latest staunch opposition to holding parliamentary elections, slated for May 21, under the 1960 system.Earlier in the day, a source at Hariri's office told The Daily Star that the prime minister had inked the decree and sent it to Aoun before the expiry of the Feb. 21 deadline, calling on voters to prepare for elections three months ahead as stipulated by the Constitution.Machnouk has said that he was "obliged" by law to call on voters to prepare for elections ahead of the Feb. 21 deadline. He said if rivals agreed on a new vote law, then a "technical" delay of elections would occur to train employees and explain the new law to voters.
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