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MP Hout says expects Lebanese polls to be delayed
File photo shows MP Imad Hout during a sit-in organized by Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya outside the Grand Serail in Beirut to condemn  the killing of Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Wahid and his bodyguard (The Daily Star)
File photo shows MP Imad Hout during a sit-in organized by Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya outside the Grand Serail in Beirut to condemn the killing of Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Wahid and his bodyguard (The Daily Star)
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BEIRUT: The parliamentary elections scheduled for June this year will likely be postponed due the magnitude of differences between political parties in the counties, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya MP Imad Hout said Monday.

"It will be difficult for the elections to be held on time, particularly since the magnitude of the gap between the political sides is clear,” the Lebanese lawmaker told Radio Orient.

“Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya would like to see elections take place in June,” Hout said, adding that polls are likely to be postponed for technical reasons.

He said an election law based on small districts was much more likely to be accepted by his party.

Hout said that while a proportional representation system ensured fair representation, it would not work at the present time.

The lawmaker also pointed out that chances were slim for the Orthodox Gathering draft law to survive, a proposal which allows each sect to elect its own lawmakers by proportional representation with Lebanon as a single electoral district.

In response to a question, Hout said it was still premature to talk about electoral alliances.

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya and the Future Movement are “exchanging viewpoints,” he said, “but there is no full coordination with the Future Movement.”

 
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