Lebanon – Charbel Opens Door for Nominees to Submit Candidacy Requests

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Interior Minister Marwan Charbel issued an order on Friday for nominees wishing to run in the parliamentary elections to submit their candidacies.

The nominees should submit their request at the Interior Ministry headquarters in Beirut between March 11 and April 10.

Those seeking to withdraw their candidacies should do so before April 25.

The parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on June 9 after President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati signed on Monday a decree calling on electoral bodies to hold the polls.

The decree was issued based on the 1960 electoral law, which was adopted during the 2009 elections.

The old law has been rejected by the rival March 8 and 14 camps, who have so far failed to agree on a new one, with the ongoing dispute threatening to postpone the elections.

The so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal by the joint parliamentary committees has been adopted, but it drew a sharp debate among the opposition’s factions and with foes.

The elections are likely to be postponed if the parliament gives the green light to the proposal that divides Lebanon into a single district and allows each sect to vote for its own MPs under a proportional representation system.

The draft-law has been rejected by al-Mustaqbal bloc, the centrist National Struggle Front of MP Walid Jumblat, and the March 14 opposition’s Christian independent MPs. It has been also criticized by Suleiman and Miqati.

 

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