President Michel Suleiman stressed on Sunday the need to hold the parliamentary elections on time, rejecting the possibility of extending the term of the current parliament. He said: “The political parties are obligated to agree on a new electoral law and they cannot escape from this duty.”


He made his remarks after a closed-door meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi ahead of Easter mass at Bkirki. The president reiterated the patriarch’s statements over holding the elections on time, adding: “The new government will be tasked with holding the polls, limiting the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon, and maintaining stability.” [Link]