Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to reporters after talks with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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Pressed for time, Prime Minister Saad Hariri will step in Tuesday to prod rival factions to agree on a consensual new electoral law to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections and avert a vacuum in the legislative body before its term expires next month, political sources said Monday.Hariri is set to chair a meeting of an 11-member ministerial committee formed by the Cabinet last month with the task of drafting a new electoral law to replace the controversial 1960 majoritarian system and set the stage for parliamentary elections, the first since 2009 after Parliament extended its mandate in 2013 and 2014 .However, MP Atef Majdalani from the Future Movement told The Daily Star that Hariri supported an electoral law proposal based on full proportionality with Lebanon divided into 15 or 16 medium-sized electoral constituencies.However, a political source said if no agreement was reached on a new electoral law before June 19, parliamentary elections would be held on Sept. 20 under the 1960 sectarian-based winner-take-all electoral law that divides Lebanon into small and medium-sized constituencies.
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