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Sleiman signs decree transferring draft electoral to Parliament

President Michel Sleiman said that an electoral law is the basis of reform. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman signed over a weekend a decree transferring the Cabinet-approved electoral draft law to Parliament.

“President Sleiman signed [Saturday] a decree to transfer the draft electoral law to Parliament,” read a statement from the president’s office.

The Cabinet approved early August a draft electoral law based on proportional representation and 13 districts for the 2013 polls, cutting the number of districts to almost half of what the current election law stipulates.

The opposition as well as the Progressive Socialist Party headed by MP Walid Jumblatt have voiced opposition to the electoral draft law.

Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces and leading figure in the opposition March 14 alliance, has described the legislation as a form of gerrymandering in favor of the March 8 coalition.

 

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