Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's latest hybrid vote law proposal is bound to fail like his two previous proposals, parliamentary sources said, after the plan drew fire Tuesday from MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc and the Marada Movement, while other key parties kept mum.The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc totally ignored Bassil's proposal in its statement issued after its weekly meeting Tuesday, signaling that the bloc might be waiting for reactions from other parties before declaring its final stance. While the Amal Movement, Hezbollah and the Kataeb Party have yet to comment on Bassil's new vote law that calls for electing half of Parliament's 128 members under a majoritarian system and the other half under a proportional formula in different districts, the Lebanese Forces, the Free Patriotic Movement's key ally, has welcomed it.A parliamentary source described Bassil's proposal as "stillborn". MP Wael Abu Faour from Jumblatt's parliamentary Democratic Gathering bloc said Bassil's proposal was doomed to fail.Aoun said that the FPM was waiting for responses to Bassil's proposal in the next 24 hours from the other parties, particularly Hezbollah, a key ally of the FPM.
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