Suleiman Inks Electoral Draft Law, Refers it to Parliamentإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
President Michel Suleiman signed on Saturday the new electoral draft law and referred it to the parliament, the National News Agency.
The new electoral draft-law, which was approved by the cabinet in August, is based on proportional representation and divides Lebanon to 13 districts in the 2013 parliamentary elections although it is not likely to be approved once referred to the parliament as it was criticized by al-Mustaqbal movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.
Suleiman held talks earlier with Prime Minister Najib Miqati in Beiteddine palace.
The two discussed the latest developments and the Non-Aligned Movement summit, which was held in Tehran.
The President and the PM also discussed the measures that the army and the Foreign Ministry should take in order to deal with the continuous Syrian violations along Lebanese border.
Since the start of anti-regime protests in Syria in March 2011, Syrian troops have repeatedly infiltrated Lebanon’s eastern and northern regions in pursuit of armed terrorist gangs.
Several Lebanese people and Syrian refugees in Lebanon have been killed or wounded in the incidents.
Suleiman also contacted Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji.
The two discussed the recent shelling of the northern region of Akkar that wounded a soldier.
Qahwaji informed the president that the Syrian officials pledged to hold those responsible for the incident accountable, vowing that it will not happen again.
Suleiman congratulated the army commander on the measures undertaken by the army along the Lebanese border and across the country to preserve stability and civil peace, in particular in the northern city of Tripoli that witnessed gunbattles between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen last week.