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Lebanese Elections Will Not Happen in September

While the debate continues over the so-called Orthodox Gathering law, along with other governmental roadblocks, it is unclear when parliamentary elections will be held in Lebanon.
Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (R) gestures at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut April 5, 2013. Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, its allies and pro-Western rivals on Friday backed Sunni politician Tammam Salam to be Lebanon's new prime minister, handing him an overwhelming parliamentary endorsement to form a government. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXY9TC
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It has become a foregone conclusion: The parliamentary elections in Lebanon will not be held in September, as set forth in the constitution. Thus, extending the parliament’s mandate has become inevitable. Why and how did the situation get to this point?

Serious discussions are taking place behind the scenes about the extension of parliament’s mandate, which ends in September. The fact is, it has become certain that the organization of elections is impossible in the absence of an agreement on an electoral law.

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