Lebanon parliament speaker proposes vote by year-end

World Monday 18/September/2017 18:44 PM
By: Times News Service
Lebanon parliament speaker proposes vote by year-end

Beirut: Lebanon's parliament speaker on Monday proposed holding a legislative election before the end of the year, bringing it forward from May 2018.
The proposal "supports the national interest ... (and is) in the spirit of the law where elections must be held as soon as possible," Nabih Berri said in a televised statement.
The current parliament's mandate would, under the proposal, end on December 31 with the election to take place before that date, he said. Lebanon's parliament has extended its own mandate three times since current lawmakers were elected in 2009 for what was meant to be a four-year term.
In June the cabinet approved a new law which extended parliament's term for 11 months for "technical reasons", tentatively setting elections for May 2018.
Lebanese activists accuse politicians of using regional upheaval as an excuse to dodge elections.
Political wrangling left the country without a president for 29 months before Michel Aoun was elected in October last year.