Mashnouq Says Polls This Year, President, PM to Open Extraordinary Legislative Session

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Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq reassured Friday that the parliamentary elections will be held “before the end of the year.”

“We are open to all options and choices,” he added during a tour of the North region, referring to al-Mustaqbal Movement's stance on the electoral law.

The minister also announced that President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri “will at the appropriate time issue a decree opening an extraordinary legislative session to allow further dialogue” on the electoral law.

The country has not organized parliamentary polls since 2009 and the legislature has since extended its own term twice.

The current term of parliament will expire on June 20 and the political parties are still wrangling over the electoral law format.

Should the parties fail to agree on a new electoral law or secure another extension of parliament's term, they will be obliged to hold the elections under the current law within a period not exceeding three months from June 20.