"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Berri to Lawmakers: Parliament Term Extension 'Impossible'- Naharnet

Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated on Wednesday that an extension of the parliament's term is “absolutely impossible.”
Addressing lawmakers during his Wednesday meeting with deputies in Ain el-Tineh, he said: “Rest assured, I speak on behalf of the council. A parliament mandate extension is absolutely inconceivable.
“My words are also addressed at those who accuse us of seeking an extension,” he added.
The Speaker stressed the need to agree on a new voting system for Lebanon's parliamentary elections, he said: “We have to reach an agreement on a new law for the polls."
In April President Michel Aoun invoked his constitutional powers to adjourn the parliament for one month to give the legislators time to craft a new election law and hold the elections as quickly as possible.
Lebanon's deputies were set to vote in parliament to postpone national elections and extend their term for a third time since 2013.
A parliament session is set to be held on May 15.