Geagea Calls for Parliament Session to Vote on Hybrid Draft, Urges FPM Lawmakers to Attend

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Saturday that the only solution for the current political deadlock is for the parliament to convene and vote on a electoral law, urging the Free Patriotic Movement's lawmakers to be present at the session.

“One of the options for an electoral law that can be discussed at the parliament is the hybrid proposal we came forward with three or four days ago,” Geagea said in a interview with Free Lebanon Radio.

He added: “Those who have comments on it can discuss them during the parliamentary session.”

“We cannot keep obstructing everything awaiting consensus between all Lebanese factions.”

Geagea urged the FPM MPs to attend the parliament's session, as “convening depends on their presence.”

“If they do not accept to attend the session, we are then in front of two options which are either adopting the 1960's law or extending the parliament's term,” the LF leader warned. “We do not support any of these two options.”

The electoral subcommittee adjourned on Saturday its meeting for further consultations over a new electoral law as the rival parties failed once again to reach common ground over the matter.

In its seventh round of talks the subcommittee reached a standstill after discussions reflected the sharp differences between lawmakers on the adoption of a consensual vote law.

The session, which was held under the auspices of Speaker Nabih Berri, was adjourned to Monday.

Source: Naharnet

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