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A view shows the parliament building in downtown Beirut, Lebanon April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Beirut – Lebanese MP Nabil de Freige has signaled some progress in the ongoing discussions over the adoption of a new electoral law, noting however that a final agreement has not yet been reached.

During an interview with Voice of Lebanon radio station on Sunday, De Freige urged politicians to offer compromises to solve the electoral law crisis and proposed increasing the number of deputies in the Lebanese parliament in order to “adjust the representation of minorities.”

The Lebanese deputy, on the other hand, said that the adoption of a new voting law based on the proportional system would require a technical postponement of the elections, stressing that he was against a proportional law in this specific period, which he said was witnessing a surge in confessional rhetoric.

While he called for the adoption of a “less-confessional electoral law”, De Freige said that recent statements by the Lebanese interior minister on the necessity to hold the elections before the end of the year have highlighted the difficulty to reach an agreement by the different factions over a new voting system.

On Saturday, Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned a parliamentary session that was scheduled for Monday to extend Parliament’s term for a full year that ends on June 5, 2018.

As for the outcome of the recent summits held in Riyadh, De Freige said that it was wisely discussed by the Lebanese Cabinet to prevent the escalation of tensions in the country.