President Michel Aoun delivers a speech before a gathering of foreign diplomats in Lebanon on Jan. 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Monday signed a decree to officially set May 6 as the date for Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years, putting to rest fears of another postponement.Alongside Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk also signed the decree ahead of the Feb. 5 deadline.As well as setting May 6 as the day for the national vote, the decree – circulated by Baabda Palace – detailed voting days for Lebanese expats and election coordinators.The elections will be the first since parties agreed on a new proportional vote law.Aoun's signature came after he faced off criticism of a delay by assuring the public that the elections would go ahead as planned.
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