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The emergency session of the Lebanese Cabinet adopted on Friday a twenty percent quota for women in the forthcoming municipal elections instead of the previously mulled thirty percent, knowing that some ministers demanded a fifty percent quota.

As to the issue of the obligatory University degree for heads of municipalities ( mayors) , the suggestion was dropped for being “non-democratic” according to the vast majority of the ministers.

Interior Minister Ziad Baroud proposed that Mayors should have a college degree in order to raise the standard of the position.

In an interview with An Nahar on Saturday Baroud said the ministers did not reach an agreement on his proposal to elect the head of the municipality directly by the people.

He also said : “The issues of adopting proportional representation in municipal elections and introducing pre-printed ballots have been postponed until Monday’s session.”

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