BEIRUT: Lebanon's new parliament was elected less than a week ago, with many familiar faces reelected to serve for the next four years.
Speaker Nabih Berri, who headed the Parliament since 1992, is expected to be sworn in once again on May 22 before the deputy speaker and Parliament Secretariat are elected.
The Secretariat would be comprised of a President, Vice President, two secretaries and three commissioners.
The Parliament will meet under the presidency of the oldest member, and the two youngest members will serve as secretaries. The President and the Vice President are elected by secret ballot after gaining an absolute majority of votes. If a third ballot is required, a relative majority would be sufficient. Should the votes be equal, the oldest candidate would be considered elected. The Chamber will also elect two Secretaries by secret ballot according to the majority stipulated in the first part of Article 44 of the constitution.
During his meeting Friday with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he would nominate Berri for another term.
"If Speaker Berri is a candidate then I'll support him," he said.
Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections in nine years last week, with the the Shiite coalition of Hezbollah-Amal reaping the benefits of the newly implemented electoral law by augmenting their parliamentary bloc to 29 MPs, while Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), an ally of the Iranian-backed militant group, secured 29 seats along with its allies.
The Lebanese Forces (LF) Christian party, a key opponent of Hezbollah, pulled off a surprisingly big win after securing 15 seats while Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement parliamentary bloc lost over a third of its members, capturing only 20 seats.
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