Aoun signs the first decree nationalizing members of the Lebanese diaspora as Hariri looks on.
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Efforts to explore a new electoral law took an alarming twist Thursday when President Michel Aoun supported voting in the Cabinet on this sensitive issue if there was no agreement on a vote system in order to avoid a vacuum in the legislative body.Aoun's remarks, made during a Cabinet session he chaired at Baabda Palace, are likely to further deepen political divisions as Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt have repeatedly warned of grave consequences entailed by a vote on a new electoral law to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections, and called for consensus on this crucial issue. However, despite the bleak prospects for a deal on a new electoral law being reached before May 15, when Parliament is slated to meet to extend its term for one year, Prime Minister Saad Hariri sounded upbeat that a comprehensive solution would be reached soon to end the monthslong deadlock over a voting legislation to replace the contested 1960 majoritarian formula.
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