Prime Minister Saad Hariri will convene the ministerial panel tasked with devising a new electoral law next week with the aim of “brainstorming consensual ideas,” sources close to the PM told al-Hayat daily.
A decision to reactivate the panel had been taken during Thursday’s cabinet session.
President Michel Aoun meanwhile confirmed that he would dissolve parliament and force elections under the 1960 electoral law should the parties fail to agree on a new law before June 20.
Asked by his visitors about possible “vacuum” in parliament, the president “reassured that there will be no vacuum, citing articles 25 and 74 of the constitution,” al-Hayat said.
Asked whether that means that the polls will be held under the current law, Aoun said: “Yes, I respect the constitution.”
Article 25 of the constitution stipulates that elections should be organized within a period not exceeding three months from the dissolution of parliament.
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