Lebanon – Berri Satisfied with Parliamentary Electoral Subcommittee Discussions

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Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on Wednesday the importance of the work of the parliamentary electoral subcommittee meetings.

He expressed his “satisfaction” with the discussions that resumed on Tuesday.

He made his remarks during his weekly meeting with lawmakers at Ain el-Tineh.

In addition, the speaker emphasized the importance of backing the work of the subcommittee in order to allow it to reach an agreement over a new parliamentary electoral draft law.

The subcommittee resumed its meetings on Tuesday with representatives from the rival March 8 and 14 camps discussing a new electoral draft law.

The latest suggestion that received the backing of top rival Christian parties -The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the Phalange Party and the Marada movement – was that of the Orthodox Gathering which calls for each sect to elect its own MPs under a proportional representation system based on a nationwide district.

But the proposal was criticized by President Michel Suleiman, Premier Najib Miqati, National Struggle Front leader Walid Jumblat and several other Christian MPs and officials.

The cabinet has also referred a bill to parliament that calls for dividing Lebanon into 13 medium districts based on proportional representation.

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