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Berri seeks to revive election law talks

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri announced Friday that he has a plan to re-launch stalled talks on devising a new electoral law for the upcoming elections in Lebanon.

“A plan is under way to revive the [parliamentary] subcommittee meetings,” Berri said in remarks published by local newspaper Al-Joumhouria.

Berri said he met with the subcommittee chairman MP Robert Ghanem as well as MPs Akram Shehayeb and George Adwan on Thursday to discuss the details of his proposed plan.

Ghanem announced Tuesday the suspension of the subcommittee meetings because its member’s points of view were too far apart.

Berri has urged the rival political factions to reverse a decision suspending the subcommittee meetings, insisting there was still time for members to come to an agreement.

He revealed that he also met a representative of the Maronite patriarch on Wednesday, stressing that he will not give up efforts to reach a new electoral law before a May 15 legislative session of Parliament.

"I won’t stay with my arms crossed until the May 15 session and won’t mind staying in contact [with politicians] even during the [Greek Orthodox Easter] holiday,” Berri said in separate remarks published Friday by the local daily An-Nahar.





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