The Constitutional Council (CC) rejected, on Tuesday, the three appeals lodged against the law extending the terms of municipal councils and mokhtars. The law was adopted by Parliament on April 25.

The Constitutional Council invoked the exceptional circumstances in Lebanon, alluding to the war in South Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel.

The CC also specified that Parliament must promulgate a new law setting the election date, once the exceptional circumstances are overcome.

The appeal was rejected by seven votes to three. The CC’s decision was opposed by judges Michel Tarazi, Elias Mechrekani and Albert Serhan.

On May 2, the Lebanese Forces lodged an appeal for invalidation, followed on May 7 by the Kataeb, the Renewal bloc and the Coalition for Change, then by the MPs affiliated with the October 17 protest movement.