Report: National Dialogue Session to Convene, Outcome Crucial

Fecha de publicación: 
21 Jun 2016

The national dialogue session will convene in Ain el-Tineh on Tuesday where the participating political factions are set to give a final position on a suggestion put forward by Speaker Nabih Berri in May regarding the electoral laws, al-Akhbar daily reported.

“Tuesday's session is one of the most important meetings in the current rounds of talks, taking into consideration the issues that will be discussed and the Speaker's position with regard to the positions of the interlocutors,” said the daily.

In May, Berri had launched an initiative aimed at ending the political impasse. He called for shortening the term of parliament and that the elections be held based on the 1960 law should political forces fail to agree on a new electoral one.

He also called for staging the presidential elections after the parliamentary ones and forming a national unity government.

The interlocutors at the national dialogue session will give their positions with regard to Berri's proposal and submit their suggestions on the new electoral law, which makes the session a critical one.


The parliament extended its own term twice, the first time in 2013 and a second time in 2014. They were prompted by the political powers' failure to agree on a new electoral law.

The move sparked outrage in Lebanon.