Extraordinary parliamentary session begins
President Michel Aoun reconvened Parliament for an extraordinary session on June 21, which is set to last until October 16. The move comes on the heels of the passage of a long-awaited new electoral law incorporating proportional representation into parliamentary elections. Parliament is typically only in session from March to May, and October to December, but political infighting and the presidential interregnum have contributed to produce a list of urgent legislation. Bills expected to be introduced for passage include a 2017 draft budget and a proposed salary hike for public sector employees.