Berri, Bloc Members Submit Candidacies for Parliamentary Elections

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Speaker Nabih Berri and his parliamentary bloc submitted their candidacies on Thursday for the parliamentary elections.

According to the National News Agency, Berri, who is also the head of the Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc, submitted his candidacy before leaving the country on a private visit.

Media reports said that his bloc members also filed their candidacies.

The head of the AMAL movement has continuously called for the staging of timely polls despite the presidential vacuum.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq issued a memo last week detailing the documents needed for those seeking to run in the elections on November 16.

The memo was based on a decree that he issued last month, calling on the electoral bodies to elect lawmakers.

It stated that nominations will be accepted from August 28 to September 16.

Last year, the rival MPs extended their tenure until November 2014 after they failed to agree on a new electoral draft-law.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Suleiman's six-year term ended amid differences between the rival parliamentary blocs on a compromise candidate.

Several blocs have boycotted the sessions aimed at finding a successor to Suleiman, causing lack of quorum.



Comments 3
Default-user-icon khreis (Guest) 04 September 2014, 15:23

mr berri doing his traditional song and dance

Default-user-icon SaveLebanon (Guest) 04 September 2014, 16:00

Whoever camp you are in, I beg you not to vote for the same politicians again. Enough is enough. It is time we put our differences aside, and save our country. We all deserve a brighter future IN OUR COUNTRY. I urge you to either vote for new faces, or cast a blank ballot. For Lebanon...

Default-user-icon rouhani (Guest) 04 September 2014, 17:53

why bother since aoun is going to win back his seat in parliament