Lebanon parliament to vote on election delay amid violence

May 29, 2013 21:41

BEIRUT - Lebanese politicians are expected to vote on Friday on a proposal to postpone a June parliamentary election until late next year because of deteriorating security and political deadlock, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

Speaking after meeting parliament speaker Nabih Berri, they quoted him as saying conditions were not conducive for holding a vote in Lebanon, which has been rocked by violence fuelled by the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Street fighting in the northern city of Tripoli killed more than 25 people last week and rockets were fired on Sunday at the south Beirut stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah, which is fighting in Syria for President Bashar al-Assad.

"The exceptional security situation is the basic reason to extend parliament," Berri said, according to politicians who attended the meeting. "It doesn't allow for a proper parliamentary election." 

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