Constitutional Council Rejects Jumblat's Bloc Appeal against Suspension of Candidacy Deadline

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The Constitutional Council rejected Monday an appeal filed by the National Struggle Front and a number of MPs against a law suspending the deadline for submitting nominations for the parliamentary elections.

The council said the law did not violate Article 42 of the Constitution, which stipulates that “general elections for the renewal of the Chamber shall take place within a sixty day period preceeding the expiration of its mandate."

On April 26, the eight-member National Struggle Front, Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and lawmakers Ahmed Karami and Marwan Hamadeh filed against the suspension of the nominations' deadlines for the parliamentary elections.

President Michel Suleiman had signed earlier the draft-law suspending the deadline for submitting nominations for the polls until May 19.

The draft-law was referred to the president after it was approved by parliament despite the boycott of the National Struggle Front.

It calls for setting the deadline for submitting candidacies to three weeks before the elections date. It also allows candidates who seek to withdraw their nominations to do so 15 days before the polls.

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