Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks at the Free Patriotic Movement's headquarters. Monday, March 13, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Monday proposed a new initiative to thaw obstacles impeding the approval of a new vote law that he claims "will pave the way for establishing a Lebanese senate council".Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc has spearheaded a fierce campaign against Bassil's proposal, which calls for electing a portion of parliamentary seats under a majoritarian system and another part under a proportional vote law.Passing a new vote law has been a heated issue, with the government split over a proportional electoral law and a hybrid law that combines provisions of the proportional and the 1960 law's winner-take-all systems.
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