Machnouk speaks with Bassil during a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ministers debated expatriate voting procedures during Wednesday's Cabinet session while Speaker Nabih Berri said gaps in the vote law would need to be fixed by the next legislature.After a majority of ministers in a previous session agreed on a road map going into the highly anticipated CEDRE conference in Paris on April 6, Wednesday's meeting saw Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil defend the process for expat voting.According to the new vote law, voting boxes abroad will be closed and sealed with red wax before being shipped to Lebanon via DHL.Once here, they will be stored at the Central Bank and opened once the elections end.Machnouk appeared to be responding to comments made by Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh, who said that the Cabinet session included discussions on the transparency of expat voting and who will supervise the process. Bassil, who also heads the Free Patriotic Movement, said that the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference to be held Saturday in Paris was not political.Another LDE conference will be held as soon as the elections are over, Bassil said Wednesday, rejecting claims that the state was funding these conferences.
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