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LEBANON POSTPONES JUNE VOTE

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Lebanese lawmakers on 31 May agreed to postpone a June parliamentary election until late next year due to political deadlock and the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The election is now expected to be held in November 2014. It is the first time a parliament has decided to extend its session since Lebanon’s own 1975-1990 civil war.

Even before violence escalated in Lebanon last week, politicians were deeply divided over changes to the electoral law and had already put the June poll date in serious doubt. Most political parties oppose the existing first-past-the-post style system and have been discussing a hybrid law which would introduce an element of proportional representation. But they have failed to reach consensus on a new law. The sense of drift over the election, coupled with the failure of prime minister designate Tammam Salam to form a government after two months of talks, has left a sense of political vacuum in the country.



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