President Michel Aoun.
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President Michel Aoun's decision confirming May 6 as the date for parliamentary elections has shattered the Free Patriotic Movement's hopes to amend the new vote law, or extend the deadline for Lebanese expatriates to register to vote in Lebanon's first polls in nine years, ministerial and parliamentary sources said Tuesday.Fneish is one of two Hezbollah ministers representing the party in a nine-member ministerial committee tasked with overseeing the implementation of the new vote law to govern the May elections.The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc did not comment on Aoun's decision confirming the May 6 elections in a statement issued after its weekly meeting chaired by former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.Qassem Hashem, a member of Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc, praised Aoun's move confirming the elections would be held on time.The speaker, backed by Hezbollah, Jumblatt's bloc, the Marada Movement, and Minister for the Displaced Talal Arslan, staunchly opposed the bill, saying that any amendments to the new vote law would open the door for other amendments and would therefore put parliamentary elections, slated for May 6, in jeopardy.
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