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Berri announces move to shorten Parliament's term

Speaker Nabih Berri speaks at a news conference in Ain al-Tineh, Monday, May 29, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri announced Monday that the Amal Movement will present to Parliament an expedited draft law intended to shorten Parliament's term, prompting elections to be held earlier than expected.

The announcement from Berri, who leads Amal, came after the speaker chaired the weekly meeting of the Development and Liberation bloc.

The speaker stipulated that the draft law would not be presented in the legislative session set to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. He said rather that he hoped the draft law would be on the agenda of upcoming parliamentary sessions.

In recent weeks, Berri has warned against yet another extension of Parliament's term, arguing that any extension would cause chaos in the country.

He told reporters that although there had been justifications for previous extensions, such rationales no longer exist today.

Berri also expressed his support for the biometric ID card system agreed upon in Cabinet Sunday, which will allow electronic voting in the upcoming elections.

He added that his party insists that voters must be registered.





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