News on Lebanon Parliament

The Parliament of Lebanon, There are 128 members elected to a four-year terms in multi-member constituencies, apportioned among Lebanon's diverse Christian and Muslim denominations. Lebanon has universal adult suffrage. Its major functions are to elect the President of the republic, to approve the government (although appointed by the President, the Prime Minister, along with the Cabinet, must retain the confidence of a majority in the Parliament), and to approve laws and expenditure.

On 15 May 2013, the Parliament extended its mandate for 17 months, due to the deadlock over the electoral law. And, on 5 November 2014, the Parliament enacted another extension, thus keeping its mandate for an additional 31 months, until 20 June 2017, and in 16 June 2017 the Parliament in turn extended its own mandate an additional 11 months to hold elections according to a much-anticipated reformed electoral law.

The term of the legislature, elected in June 2009, was originally four years starting from 20 June and was due to expire on 20 June 2013. Due mainly to the stalemate over the new electoral law, on 31 May 2013, the National Assembly extended its mandate by a period of 17 months starting from 21 June 2013. The extended term was due to expire on 20 November 2014. On 5 November 2014, the National Assembly extended its term by 31 months. The extended term was due to expire on 20 June 2017. However, on 14 June 2017, the Cabinet approved a new electoral law, which provided for next parliamentary elections to be held between 20 March and 19 May 2018. The term of the outgoing legislature has been extended until 21 May 2018.

  • 06 May 2018
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