The Lebanese Cabinet has approved a new draft election law. The law will be voted on by the parliament this week and changes the electoral system from one based around seats reserved for specific religious sects to proportional representation. There have not been elections in Lebanon since 2009 and this reform is being seen as a way of overcoming this deadlock. However, there has also been an agreement that even following this law’s passage there will be no elections until May 2018 at the earliest.
Lebanon’s Environment Minister, has announced new hunting regulations are on the way. Hunting any animal was banned in the country in 1994. New legislation was agreed in 2004 but has never been enforced. Prospective hunters will have to pass physical and mental health exams. In addition they will have to pass reading and practical exams on hunting laws, before receiving a license. They will have to be able to identify bird species which can be hunted as well as annual hunting quotas. Those who cannot read or write will be able to take an oral exam. Hunting will also now be limited to certain areas and hunting in nature reserves will be banned. This year’s official hunting season will run from September 2017 to January 2018.