Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk meets with Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri in Beirut. Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Hasan Ibrahim HO)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said after visiting President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri Monday that there would be a "technical delay" of the elections for a few months to prepare for the implementation of a new vote law to replace the controversial 1960 electoral system.Hariri, who earlier in the day had talks with Aoun on the draft budget, the salary scale bill and a new electoral law, met with Berri at the latter's Ain al-Tineh residence Monday night for the same purpose.Faced with mounting public opposition to the proposed taxes, Berri has called for giving top priority to the approval of a new vote law, the appointment of a parliamentary investigation committee to uncover corruption and put corrupt people on trial, and the endorsement of the salary scale bill and the draft budget.Hariri sounded upbeat that rival factions would reach a new electoral law.He stressed that the Cabinet cannot approve the salary scale without allocating the needed revenues.For his part, Machnouk said a new electoral law could be agreed on within a month, but he warned of a major political crisis if such a law was not reached.Speaking two days after signing a new decree calling on voters to prepare for elections, Machnouk said the polls would be held under a new vote law.
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