Opposition announces two suggestions for electing president


The opposition lawmakers on Tuesday announced two suggestions aimed at facilitating the election of a new president and ending the country’s long-running presidential vacuum.

“MPs would meet in parliament and hold consultations, without an official invitation, institutionalization or any specific framework, out of keenness on respecting the rules related to the election of presidents stipulated by the Lebanese constitution,” the opposition proposed.

“Consultations would not exceed a period of 48 hours, after which MPs would go -- regardless of the consultations’ outcome -- to an open-ended electoral session with successive rounds until a president is elected, as per the constitution,” the opposition added.

Another suggestion would be for Speaker Nabih Berri to “call for a presidential election session under his chairmanship,” the opposition said.

“Should no election take place in the first round, the session would remain open and MPs and blocs would hold consultations outside parliament’s hall for a period not exceeding 48 hours, after which they would return to the hall for voting in successive rounds not exceeding four rounds daily … until the election of a president,” the opposition added.

“All parties would commit to attending the rounds and securing quorum,” it said.

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Thumb chrisrushlau 2 days

Who are the opposition lawmakers?