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UPDATED: 10:13, June 08, 2006
Lebanon's women want more parliament seats
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Lebanese women on Wednesday called for an increase of female seats in parliament by introducing a quota system in the new electoral law.

Faika Turkiya, head of Lebanese Women's Council which grouped 155 women associations across the country, made the call at a news conference on Wednesday.

She told the reporters that "a vast majority of the Lebanese support women's work in politics and more specifically their representation in parliament."

The posters advocating more female seats in parliament would be distributed soon in restaurants, cinemas theaters and public places, she said.

In Lebanon's parliament, less than 6 percent of the seats are allocated to women, which means only six female legislators in the 128-member parliament.

Earlier last week, the national committee in charge of drafting a new electoral law recommended a compulsory quota of 30 percent for women in electoral lists.

However, the proposal still needs a endorsement by the government or parliament.

Source: Xinhua

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