Ogassapian attends a Cabinet session as Hasan Khalil and Bassil chat in the background in Beirut, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Political limbo set in Wednesday as reflected in the absence of any meaningful contacts among rivals over a new vote law, giving rise to speculation that returning to the contested 1960 winner-take-all system to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections was the only option left to avert a much-feared vacuum in the legislature.At the end of a Cabinet session chaired by Hariri Wednesday, the premier spoke separately with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the FPM leader, and Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, a top political aide to Berri, on the ongoing efforts to forge a new vote legislation.Despite the gloomy political outlook, Berri sounded hopeful that rivals would eventually agree on a new electoral law.Machnouk said elections could be held under the 1960 law if no agreement on a new vote system was reached before June 20 .Riachi, one of three ministers representing the Lebanese Forces in the Cabinet, said he shared Berri's optimism about reaching a new electoral law.
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