Ghanem Meets Berri, Hopes 'Common Ground' Will Be Reached during Subcommittee Meeting

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Head of the electoral subcommittee aimed at tackling the parliamentary electoral law MP Robert Ghamen hoped on Thursday that an agreement would be reached with all of its members over a new law, reported the National News Agency.

He said: “We hope that all concerned sides would reach a common ground on the draft law during Tuesday's meeting.”

He made his remarks after holding talks with Speaker Nabih Berri on the resumption of the subcommittee's meetings, which are set to kick off on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at parliament.

Ghanem added: “We hope all sides would reach a common ground on the electoral law as the parliament holds the key to resolving the dispute over this issue.”

“Lebanon deserves to be fought for and to that end, all sides are expected to exert efforts to reach solutions to disputes that will enable us to overcome the dangers facing the country,” stressed the March 14 MP.

After a boycott of dialogue sessions and parliamentary work in the past couple of months, March 14 opposition lawmakers accepted Berri's proposal of residing in a hotel near the parliament in downtown Beirut, as a safety precaution, to meet with the Joint Parliamentary Committees' members and discuss the 2013 electoral law.

The opposition alliance had announced following the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19 that they will be boycotting the national dialogue sessions and the government's work, awaiting Prime Minister Najib Miqati's resignation.

The government approved in August an electoral bill based on proportional representation and 13 districts, but it was met with the opposition's rejection, which deemed it as being tailored to the March 8 majority camp's interests.

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