BEIRUT: Elections for a new council at Dar al-Fatwa were officially delayed Friday. The National News Agency said that former minister and MP Omar Miskawi, the deputy head of the Higher Islamic Council, rescheduled Saturday’s council meeting to Feb. 9, the National News Agency reported.
The decision came “in response to the wishes of Prime Minister Najib Mikati and former prime ministers,” Miskawi said in a statement.
The lawmaker had called the council to convene at the office of member Bassam Barghout if Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani prohibited it from taking place at the Dar al-Fatwa building.
When Miskawi tried to hold a meeting there last month, Qabbani responded with a letter arguing that as the body’s term had expired, the meeting could not be held.