Charbel Hints to Extension of Parliament's Mandate Pending Electoral Law Deal

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Interior Minister Marwan Charbel hinted that the current parliament's term would be extended for six months if it was not able to agree on a new electoral law or amend the 1960 law, An Nahar daily reported Saturday.

In remarks to An Nahar's correspondent during his visit to Rome, Charbel said he would exert all efforts to amend the current law but did not rule out a six-month extension of the legislature's term during which the assembly would adopt a new draft-law or amend the 1960 law's articles on the deadline for the announcement of candidacies or the resignation from public sector posts.

Top civil servants or heads of municipalities are no longer able to announce their candidacies if the elections were to take place in the spring of 2013, Charbel reportedly said.

A decree issued in 2008 sets conditions for the announcement of candidacies by public employees. Some should resign six months before the end of the parliament's term while other top civil servants should submit their resignations two years prior to the elections.

The government adopted in August an electoral draft-law based on proportional representation that divided Lebanon into 13 districts but it faced the obstruction of several parliamentary blocs when it reached the legislature for approval.

Charbel, who is in Rome to attend the official appointment of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi as cardinal, made several suggestions including allowing the country's Christians and Muslims to elect 64 MPs each.

Another proposal lies in adopting a law that would grant voters the ability to choose 10 candidates in a two-stage electoral process that would first allow electorates to select members of their districts and then add the names of candidates from other districts.

Such a law would guarantee the participation of all Lebanese in choosing lawmakers from all over Lebanon, Charbel said.

Comments 6
Thumb geha 24 November 2012, 08:22

no way.
m8 knows they would lose dramatically the upcoming elections and they are trying to gain time.

Thumb geha 24 November 2012, 09:51

No, you do not get it!
- first: it is not about numbers rather it is about taef accord.
- second: sunnis outnumbered shias in the past elections by over 50K.
so go play in your corner. before you get your facts straight do not come here and talk about things you understand nothing about.

Thumb geha 24 November 2012, 11:45

idiot!
these are the numbers of the Lebanese interior ministry for those allowed to vote.

Missing beirutbastard00 25 November 2012, 00:00

Shia will b the majority whe their kids grow up... Maybe this election, we don't kno yet.

Anyways this is not about that. We're not a unified country yet, more like a confediration emirates or something stupid like that. This law will be used to eliminate the Druze voice. True, the representation of the Druze is greater than the actual number of the durzi population as compared to the rest of Lebanon... But "Lebanon" is merely a collection shi3a, Sunni, Christian, and durzi states. All must have a say. The sooner we realize this the better things will get.

Thumb benzona 24 November 2012, 14:30

Charbel wants civil war, Nasrallah wants civil war. What can we do if they want to use their dusty weapons?

Thumb lebfrcan 24 November 2012, 17:02

Charbel a tasteless do nothing minister... Waynak ya Ziad...
M8 since you are so good in math why don't you answer phoenix reply about the last 2 elections??