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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lebanese President Michel Aoun Suspends parliamentary session for a month Wednesday April 12,2017

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has suspended a parliamentary session for a month, temporarily blocking proposed plans to extend parliament's term for the third time in a row since 2013.
Parliament was expected to vote on Thursday April 13,2017 to extend its own mandate until 2018 without an election, officials said
In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday April 12,2017, Aoun said that the delay was aimed at giving politicians more time to reach an agreement on a new electoral law.
Current members of parliament were elected in 2009 for what was meant to be a four-year term
Lebanon's political parties say it is time to scrap the country's 1960 voting law that allocates seats by religious sect, but disagree over what system should replace it.
Opposition parties and civic groups are threatening demonstrations against any parliamentary extension on Thursday

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