Delay in Presidential Poll to Postpone Parliamentary Elections to 2015

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Vacancy at the helm of the country's top Christian post is expected to remain until the end of the Summer, prompting the parliamentary elections to be postponed until 2015.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Thursday, Lebanon will enter on August 20 a deadline to agree on a new electoral law ahead of the November elections but priority at the time would be for electing a new head of state.

The report said that the political arch-foes will reach consensus and elect a new president by October or November.

An informed source told the newspaper that the political arch-foes would in a later stage agree on a hybrid electoral law that combines the winner-takes-all and proportional representation systems, expecting the parliamentary elections to be staged in May or June 2015.

In May 2013, the parliament voted to extend its own mandate for 17 months after the rival political parties failed to reach a new electoral law.

Around 100 MPs from all blocs, except the Change and Reform bloc, voted to extend parliament's term until November 20, 2014.

The daily stated several reasons behind the delay in electing a new president, including negotiations between Iran and the United States, Russia, France and Germany - members of the P5+1 – on the Islamic state's nuclear program and the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement.

The report continued that the two developments would put consultations between the rival political parties in Lebanon on the right track.

Lebanon has been plunged into a leadership vacuum after Michel Suleiman's presidential term ended on May 25 with rival political blocs still divided over a new leader.

Over the past two months the parliament convened five times to try to elect a successor to Suleiman but failed during the last four sessions due to a lack of quorum.



Comments 4
Default-user-icon hanoun (Guest) 12 June 2014, 10:14

popular vote for presidency and proportionality in parliamentary elections is the only way out of foreign interferences and sterile political parties debates
god bless democracy

Default-user-icon Khobzak Yawmy (Guest) 12 June 2014, 11:23

Yet, Dr. Arreet 7akeh considers the filthy self-renewing MPs elected by the people! But then can one really blame the Doc of Bull for shooting his mouth off when we have such filthy Lebanese electing scum bags like the MPs that we have?

Thumb beiruti 12 June 2014, 16:19

Pitiful. Lebanon is not a country, but a province of some other country. Though the people are capable of self-government, the political class, to the last man and woman, are mere agents of outside patrons who cannot make any decision without first going to the Pasha and obtaining permission to act. These is the conduct of a servant, not of a master and this is what passes as Lebanese political leadership, a class of political servants who have made Lebanon a province rather than an independent state.

Toss them all out, Lebanese people. They do not serve you or the country.

Thumb cedre 13 June 2014, 01:29

banana republic...third world country...