Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed a meeting for the ministerial committee tasked with following up on the elections on Jan. 9, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra, HO)
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A ministerial committee tasked with implementing a new electoral law failed Tuesday to make any progress as rival factions stuck to their conflicting stances on a voting mechanism to govern the upcoming parliamentary elections, effectively dashing hopes for carrying out any proposed reforms in the law.The committee's meeting came less than four months before the elections, Lebanon's first since 2009 .However, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil vowed to fight for reforms proposed in the new vote law, saying it was still possible to establish mega centers.Bassil, the FPM leader, accused factions whom he did not name, of using "technical pretexts" to abandon reforms proposed in the vote law. He said that dropping electoral reforms would lead to challenging the election results. Headed by Hariri, the committee, which includes nine ministers, has been meeting since it was formed shortly after Parliament ratified on June 16 a new vote draft law based on proportional representation, with Lebanon divided into 15 electoral districts.
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