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High-ranking ministerial sources told The Daily Star that an agreement was reached between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri to hold by-elections to fill the three vacant seats in Parliament.The seats – one Maronite in Kesrouan and Tripoli's Alawite and Greek Orthodox seats – as per the Lebanese Constitution should be filled as long as there is more than six months left in the active Parliament's term. Currently, there are 11 months until the next elections and it is expected that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk will call on electoral supervisory bodies this month to prepare for a set date this coming September. Supervisory bodies need just one month to study the electoral law for a by-election, as opposed to three months to prepare for a general election.
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