Safieddine Says Hizbullah-AMAL 'Strong Allies' in Upcoming Pollsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Sheikh Hashem Safieddine said the party will wage the upcoming parliamentary elections in alliance with the AMAL Movement, the National News Agency said on Thursday.
“This is nonnegotiable and settled. Hizbullah and AMAL will be in a close, strong alliance in the coming elections. We will wage the polls in unified electoral lists,” said Safieddine at a ceremony organized by Hizbullah in the South.
He added that an alliance with AMAL “generates a strong electoral and representational image in the parliament and falls in the entire interest of Lebanon.”
The Hizbullah official also praised the new proportional electoral system which will be implemented for the first time after its stipulation in 2017, he said: “A good step has been made at the level of the proportional representation system. The Lebanese will be able for the first time to elect lawmakers on the basis of this law.”
The new electoral law replaces the winner-takes-all voting system with proportional representation and reduces the number of electoral districts from 26 to 15.
It comes after years of wrangling during which political parties rejected various proposals for fear of losing parliamentary seats.