Suleiman Pledges Electoral Law that Allows Expatriates to Voteإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman said he informed the delegation visiting Australia with him that the government will draft a law that would allow Lebanese expatriates to vote in the parliamentary elections.
In remarks to reporters accompanying him in his trip, Suleiman said the expats are an added value for Lebanon.
“We need them,” he added on the third day of his visit to Australia.
Lebanon is yet to approve a draft-law for the 2013 polls.
The law that has been drafted by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel is based on proportional representation. But it has been rejected by al-Mustaqbal movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat.
In response to a question by al-Liwaa daily’s reporter, Suleiman said he was asked for the improvement of the Lebanese consulate in Sydney and an increase in its number of staff.