FPM to Challenge Extension of Parliament Term, Consider it Worsens Political Impasse

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The Free Patriotic Movement vowed to challenged the extension of the parliament’s term, deeming it as an attempt to strengthen the de facto situation in the country.

FPM circles said in comments published in al-Joumhouria newspaper on Tuesday that the party rejects the extension of the legislature’s tenure and is demanding the political foes to carry out timely elections.

“The FPM will challenge the extension if it happened,” the sources said.

The sources expressed belief that the staging of elections would “break the political standstill.”

Meanwhile, An Nahar newspaper reported that the March 8 and 14 Christians, who are divided over the presidential polls, reject the extension of the parliament’s term.

Lebanon will enter on August 20 a deadline to agree on a new electoral law ahead of the elections.

Zahle MP Nicolas Fattoush proposed last week a draft-law for extending parliament’s term by more than two years, citing security reasons.

Last year, the parliament extended its mandate to November 2014 for the same reasons and over a disagreement over a new electoral law.

But this year, the crisis widened after the Baabda Palace was vacated over the failure to elect a president.

There are fears that the failure to hold the parliamentary elections would lead to a greater vacuum.

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