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Polls need to be held on time: Future MP
Future Movement MP Atef Majdalani speaks during an interview in Beirut. (The Daily Star/File)
Future Movement MP Atef Majdalani speaks during an interview in Beirut. (The Daily Star/File)
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BEIRUT: Future MP Atef Majdalani reiterated Wednesday the parliamentary bloc’s insistence that elections being held on time and said the opposition group would take part in the polls regardless of the electoral law used to govern them.

“The Future parliamentary bloc insists that the elections be held on time and it will participate in the elections regardless of the nature of the law,” Majdalani told Voice of Lebanon, according to a Future Movement statement.

“A delay or abandonment of the election is not acceptable and would constitute an abandonment from the parliamentary system,” he said.

The lawmaker said his bloc would take part in a General Assembly session to vote on a new electoral law but would walk out of the session should the Orthodox Gathering proposal be put forward.

“When the Orthodox Gathering law is proposed, we will leave the chamber and this a democratic form of expression,” he said.

He also said discussions among groups in the March 14 coalition were ongoing to find a new electoral law for the upcoming elections.

Lebanon’s general elections are due in early June. However, disagreement over an electoral has raised the possibility of the polls being delayed.

Majdalani said his bloc was searching for a “consensus formula within the March 14 coalition with [MP Walid] Jumblatt’s team and from there we will head to the General Assembly.”

Separately, the Lebanese Forces said in a statement Wednesday that a meeting took place Tuesday between Future MP Nuhad Mashnouq met with LF leader Samir Geagea.

Mashnouq said the meeting came within the framework of highlighting the “solidity of the alliance among March 14 coalition groups and considering that this is a strategic alliance from which there is no return,” according to the LF statement.

“We choose to hold onto this alliance in all circumstances and whatever the difficulties,” Mashnouq said, the LF said.

 
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