Lebanon to hold parliamentary elections in May

Long-delayed polls will be held under new law that creates a proportional representation system for parliament

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk talks after closing the polling stations during Beirut's municipal elections in the Interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo
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Lebanese interior minister Nohad Machnouk on Friday set up a long-delayed parliamentary election to be held under new rules for May 6 next year.

Parliament had extended its own mandate three times since its current members were elected in 2009 for what was meant to be a four-year term.

A new law creates a proportional representation system for parliament and alters the number of districts from which MPs are elected.

The election will also be the first where the large number of Lebanese citizens abroad can vote. When registration closed in late November 92,810 had registered to cast their ballot, the foreign minister said at the time.

Mr Machnouk said Lebanese abroad would be able to vote on April 22 and 28.