Berri wants Parliament work on elections law


Speaker Nabih Berri is keen on lawmakers resuming discussions on a new electoral law for the upcoming elections before the end of the year, his visitors quoted him as saying Wednesday.

“[Berri] is waiting for final confirmation and he is keen on resuming the work of [elections law] subcommittee before the end of the year,” lawmakers who met with the Parliament chief at his residence in Ain el-Tineh said.

March 14 coalition MPs have boycotted government work at the legislative level as a means of pressuring the current Cabinet to resign following the Oct. 19 assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, who headed the police Intelligence Branch.

Consequently, work in the subcommittee that is part of a larger one studying several electoral proposals has been halted.

However, March 14 MPs have been in contact with Berri, seeking ways to resume discussions on a future elections law.

Berri’s visitors also described the Parliament head as maintaining an open mind in order to have lawmakers carry on work on a new draft law.

The subcommittee aims to resolve the issue of what electoral system to adopt in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Opposition MPs seek to hold the talks at a lawmakers’ house because they fear for their lives but media reports say Berri insists on holding legislative committees in Parliament.

Most of the country’s political parties have rejected holding elections based on the 1960 law that was amended in 2008.

Rival factions in the March 8 and March 14 alliances have accused each other of seeking to run in next year’s elections based on the current law which is based on the qadaa system.


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