Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Sunday that his Free Patriotic Movement would suggest a new hybrid electoral law after his two previous proposals had been rejected by parties over fears of losing one or two parliamentary seats.Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh from MP Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc implicitly lashed out at Bassil's hybrid vote proposals.Jumblatt's bloc has spearheaded a fierce campaign against Bassil's proposal, which calls for electing a part of parliamentary seats under a majoritarian system and another part under a proportional vote law.Khalil, a key political aide to Speaker Nabih Berri who has been involved in talks with Bassil and Nader Hariri, chief of Hariri's staff, over reaching a new electoral law, said the ratification of the budget would clear the way for rivals to concentrate their efforts toward agreeing on a new vote law.Bassil said the FPM would propose a new hybrid vote law after his two previous proposals had been spurned by Jumblatt's bloc and other parties. He said the FPM would revert to the 2011 Orthodox law if the new proposal, whose details were not disclosed, was also rejected.
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