BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated warnings of vacuum
in the Parliament, lashing out at rival groups for seeking to impede any agreement on a new
“Refusing a technical extension will lead to vacuum at the
Parliament,” Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Berri as saying on Wednesday.
warned that Parliamentary void will "consequently move into other institutions as
“The game is exposed, they want [the Parliament] to be
Berri's remarks come a day after Prime Minister Saad Hariri sounded
upbeat about breaking the months-long deadlock over an electoral law, saying he expected an
agreement on a new voting system to be reached within the next few
The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement have agreed on an
electoral draft law put forward by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, MP Ibrahim Kanaan said
The Change and Reform lawmaker said that the two parties "will
reject any technical extension [for parliamentary terms] without any [agreement] on a new electoral
Bassil, the leader of the FPM, has unveiled a new hybrid vote law
proposal in his latest initiative aimed at breaking the months-long deadlock over a new electoral
The proposal calls for electing half of Parliament’s 128 members under
a majoritarian system and the other half under a proportional formula in different
Hezbollah and the Amal Movement have been lobbying for the
endorsement of a proportional law that treats Lebanon as a single electoral constituency, while the
LF, Future Movement and FPM have been supporting a hybrid law to replace the current 1960 electoral
law based on a winner-takes-all system.
President Michel Aoun had said he
preferred a parliamentary vacuum over extending lawmakers’ terms or holding the elections based on
the 1960 electoral law.
Parliamentary elections were last held in 2009 and
the terms of MPs were extended twice, in 2013 and 2014.
elections were originally scheduled to take place between May 21 and June 21, but political deadlock
is expected to delay elections beyond June.