Berri says waiting for March 14 on electoral law

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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri voiced satisfaction in remarks published Wednesday with recent a decision by opposition lawmakers to resume discussions on a new electoral draft law for the upcoming polls.

“I am comfortable about the latest statement by March 14 MPs over the electoral law, and I am waiting for their next step,” Berri, who spoke to al-Joumhouria, said.

Opposition lawmakers said Monday following a meeting at the residence of MP Boutros Harb that they were willing to attend meetings of the parliamentary sub-committee discussing proposals over a new electoral law, provided that the sessions will not be attended by Cabinet representatives.

Berri said he was still waiting for the opposition MPs next step to take the appropriate action in calling for the parliamentary subcommittee’s meeting.

The sub-committee tackling elections have not met for nearly two months now after the Oct. 19 assassination of a top security official.

The killing of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan plunged Lebanon into a political crisis, widening the rift between the rival March 8 and March 14 camps.

After Hasan’s killing, the opposition boycotted the Cabinet and all parliamentary activity it is involved in and called for the formation of a neutral salvation government to oversee the polls

The committee established in early October aims at facilitating discussions between the country’s rivals undecided about a united draft for the 2012 parliamentary elections.

 

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