Lebanon to hold parliamentary election May 2018: minister

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 8:11 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon expects to hold a parliamentary election on May 6 2018 and parliament will extend its current term until May 20 that year, Information Minister Melhem Riachy told journalists during a cabinet session on Wednesday.

Lebanon's rival parties reached agreement on Tuesday on an electoral law, staving off a political crisis and paving the way for a parliamentary election. The present parliament has extended its own term twice since it was elected in 2009 because of fundamental disagreements between the parties.

The cabinet is expected to approve the electoral law later on Wednesday and will then send it to parliament for final ratification.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington, Issam Abdallah and Ellen Francis)