Lebanon – March 8: No Election Will be Held under 1960 Law

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The March 8 alliance announced on Wednesday that it rejects any attempt to hold the 2013 parliamentary elections based on the 1960 electoral law.

“We are open to discussing all possibilities during the work of the electoral subcommittee,” AMAL Movement Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told al-Manar television after a meeting held between the alliance’s political figures.

The 1960 law, which adopts the district as an electoral district, was adopted in the 2009 parliamentary elections.

Khalil explained that the meetings of March 8 will be held regularly to tackle matters related to the cabinet’s activities, among them increasing the cooperation between the government and the parliament and the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

In addition to Khalil, participating in Wednesday’s meeting were Hizbullah secretary-general’s political assistant Hussein Khalil and the party’s Liaison and Coordination Officer Wafiq Safa, Minister Mohammed Fneish, AMAL’s Ahmed Baalbaki and the Free Patriotic Movement Minister Jebran Bassil, al-Manar reported.

The March 14 alliance had boycotted all government and parliamentary activity linked to the elections following the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19. However, it made concessions by announcing in December 2012 that it would end its boycott of the parliamentary subcommittee to discuss an electoral law ahead of the 2013 polls.

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