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Sunday 25 of October 2020

Lebanon's Government Approves New Elections Law


Lebanese President Michel Aoun (R) and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) talk to each other during a Cabinet meeting to approve the new electoral law, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 14, 2017,photo: AP/Hussein Malla
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (R) and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (L) talk to each other during a Cabinet meeting to approve the new electoral law, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, June 14, 2017,photo: AP/Hussein Malla
Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised the new elections law as a "historic achievement"

BEIRUT – The Lebanese Cabinet has approved a new elections law and referred it to parliament for ratification, paving the way for parliamentary elections postponed twice over the past year.

During Wednesday’s government meeting that approved the new law, the term of the current parliament was extended 11 months until May 6, 2018 when the vote is scheduled.

The current parliament was elected to a four-year term in 2009, but its tenure has been extended twice over security concerns and the civil war in neighboring Syria that spilled into Lebanon on several occasions.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised the new elections law as a “historic achievement.”

The agreement came days before the legislature’s term was to end on June 20 — avoiding sending the country into a fresh political crisis.