FPM, Hizbullah, Mustaqbal, LF and PSP Hold Unprecedented Electoral Law Meeting

A meeting over the electoral law was held Friday afternoon between the representatives of the country's main political parties, media reports said.

The two-hour meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Ashrafieh was attended by Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, MPs Ibrahim Kanaan and Alain Aoun of the FPM, Hizbullah secretary general's political aide Hussein al-Khalil, Lebanese Forces deputy head MP George Adwan, Prime Minister Saad Hariri's adviser Nader Hariri and MP Ghazi Aridi of the Progressive Socialist Party.

The meeting comes amid intensified deliberations among the political forces that aim to reach an agreement on a new electoral law before the crucial May 15 legislative session.

It was the first such meeting to be attended by a PSP representative and also the first one marred by the absence of Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, the political assistant of Speaker Nabih Berri.

The attendance of PSP's representative comes a day after talks in Clemenceau between Bassil and PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat.

Khalil and Adwan had held a meeting earlier on Friday at the Finance Ministry, according to LBCI television.

Thursday's talks had involved a meeting between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a meeting between PM Hariri and Khalil, and another between a PSP delegation and LF leader Samir Geagea.

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