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Mashnouq: Elections to be Held on Time unless New Law Passed

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Wednesday that the parliamentary elections “will be held on time” under the controversial 1960 electoral law unless a new law is passed.

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Hariri Chairs Cabinet Meeting: Holding Elections is Govt.'s Priority

Prime Minister Saad Hariri presided Wednesday over a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail, during which he stressed that the government's “priority” is the organization of parliamentary elections.

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Gemayel to Berri: Discussing an Election Law Part of Parliament's Duties

Kataeb party chief MP Sami Gemayel stressed on Wednesday that the parliament should have included the controversial electoral law on its agenda in order to vote on one.

“The parliament's duties is to include, discuss and approve an election law during its meeting,” said Gemayel.

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Parliament Passes 19 Laws in Legislative Session, Election Law Not on Agenda

The parliament held its first legislative session in 2017 on Wednesday after quorum was met with 65 lawmakers, in a meeting that was chaired by Speaker Nabih Berri.

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Lebanese Army Closes Illegal Border Crossings in Hermel

The Lebanese army kicked off efforts early on Wednesday and closed the illegal crossings on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the northern Beqaa district of Hermel, media reports said.

It embarked on closing the crossings near the towns of al-Qasr and Hosh Sayyed Ali, the reports added.

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Report: PSP Delegation in Baabda to Propose Amendments to 1960 Law

A Progressive Socialist party delegation met with President Michel Aoun on Wednesday, where talks focused on the controversial electoral law, amid reports saying that the PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat had planned to suggest some amendments to the 1960 electoral law.

The delegation included the MPs: Wael Abou Faour, Ghazi al-Aridi, Akram Shehayyeb, Alaa Terron and Henri Helou.

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Berri 'Distressed' over Electoral Law, Urges Cabinet to Meet its Vows

In light of the debate over approving a new electoral law, Speaker Nabih Berri urged the cabinet to implement the pledges it made in its ministerial statement, and assured that the parliament will study and approve all 75 draft laws listed on its agenda.

Berri renewed rejections on Wednesday for staging the upcoming parliamentary elections based on the current 1960 law or the extension of the parliament's term, saying: “No need to explain my stance again. I have reached the threshold of despair,” he told Ad Diyar in an interview.

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STL President Thanks Aoun for Lebanon's 'Continuous Support' for Court

The President and Vice President of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Ivana Hrdličková and Judge Ralph Riachi, on Tuesday visited President Michel Aoun to congratulate him on his election as Lebanon's 13th president, an STL statement said.

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Geagea and Bassil: No Turning Back in LF-FPM Relation

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil stressed Tuesday that “there will be no turning back” in the LF-FPM relation, in remarks marking one year since Geagea endorsed the presidential bid of FPM founder Michel Aoun in a surprise move that largely contributed to Aoun's election as president.

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Mustaqbal Reiterates Call for Hybrid Electoral Law, Timely Polls

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday renewed its call for a “hybrid” electoral law and holding the parliamentary elections on time.

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