Hariri chairs the ministerial committee at the Grand Serial. (The Daily Star, Dalati Nohra HO)
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An intensified flurry of political activity failed Tuesday to make any headway in the monthslong deadlock over a new electoral law, as rival factions apparently refused to budge on their conflicting positions on what is the best voting system to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections.An 11-member ministerial committee tasked with drafting new electoral legislation exchanged viewpoints on a host of electoral draft proposals, but was unable to reach a consensus on any specific law to replace the controversial 1960 majoritarian formula.The committee's meeting came hours after Hariri met with President Michel Aoun to discuss efforts to agree on a new electoral law.Despite lingering differences over a new vote law, the prime minister put consensus over this crucial issue at 95 percent.Hariri denied reports that he would announce a new vote law proposal during the ministerial committee's meeting.Although Hariri did not appear to oppose a vote in the Cabinet on an electoral law if no agreement was reached, a position held by Aoun, he said he was working for a consensus on this issue.
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