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Chamoun says will apply to run in polls under 1960 law

National Liberal Party leader MP Dori Chamoun speaks during an interview in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: National Liberal Party leader MP Dory Chamoun said Saturday that he would submit next week his request to run in the June parliamentary elections based on the 1960 law.

“I am determined to submit a candidacy request to run for the parliamentary elections in the next couple of days based on the 1960 law used in 2009 which is still in effect,” said Chamoun, according to the National News Agency.

“I am against a political vacuum and against violating the Constitution ... Respecting the constitutional deadlines begins with holding the parliamentary elections on time,” he added.

Interior Minister Charbel submitted a draft decree to the Cabinet’s Secretariat Friday requesting to delay the elections scheduled for June 9 to June 16.

His request still has to gain the approval of Prime Minister Najib Mikati and President Michel Sleiman who both signed last month a decree calling for the elections to be held on June 9 based on the 1960 law, which opposed by the majority of political groups in the country.

Only 23 applications have been filed thus far at the Interior Ministry.





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