Al-Rahi Rejects during Christmas Message 1960 Electoral Law, Calls for Formation of New Cabinet

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi reiterated on Monday calls on the rival political parties to reach peace, agree on a new electoral law and form a new cabinet capable of safeguarding the country.

During his Christmas message, al-Rahi said that the controversial electoral law is the “basis of our conflicts.”

“We should agree on an electoral law other than the 1960s law,” he stressed.

The 1960 law, which adopts the qada as an electoral district, was adopted in the 2009 parliamentary elections.

Al-Rahi urged officials to reach common ground to form a new government capable of carrying out polls on time and supervising them.

The March 14 alliance has boycotted all government and parliamentary activity linked to the elections, however, it made concessions by announcing earlier this month that it would end its boycott of the parliamentary subcommittee to discuss an electoral law ahead of the 2013 polls.

Discussions over the adoption of a new electoral law were obstructed after the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19.

The March 14 opposition announced its boycott in wake of the incident calling for the formation of a neutral salvation cabinet.

Parties should agree on a “cabinet that would be able to prevent any negative repercussions that might be imposed on the country due to the ongoing conflict in Syria and the developments in the region,” al-Rahi pointed out.

He called for a government that would disassociate Lebanon from the regional and international conflicts.

Lebanon's government has sought to stay out of the Syrian crisis while the country is bitterly divided over the rebellion.

The international community and analysts have expressed fears that the conflict in Syria may spill over into Lebanon.

“We need to cooperate and launch comprehensive dialogue to implement coexistence,” the patriarch noted.

He preached that peace “should be achieved from within before implementing it on our surroundings,” calling for the rejection of fundamentalism that exploits religion to flourish.

“The region needs a moderate and democratic change that ensures the rotation of power,” he stressed.

“We renew our faith in Christ and the Middle East is our land,” al-Rahi added.

Comments 15
Default-user-icon gringo (Guest) 24 December 2012, 14:31

Accordionman, question? do you support Hizballah against the USA?

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 24 December 2012, 14:50

Merry christmas for all

Missing peace 24 December 2012, 16:43

the problem of lebanon : religious idiots mixing with politics....

Missing peace 24 December 2012, 18:46

to clarify: yes i am all the religious leaders be them christian sunni shia or druze as long as they mix with politics to manipulate people rather than sticking to religion , in my eyes are all idiots...

Thumb LebDinosaur 25 December 2012, 07:02

If they didn't interfere in politics, they would feel powerless & bored. That's how they get a hard on.

Thumb chrisrushlau 24 December 2012, 19:30

In the ecumenical spirit, my brother, the vicar of Christ in some small corner of Lebanon, is saying what we say here in Israel: we welcome any electoral form that allows us, the minority, to retain power.

Missing phillipo 24 December 2012, 21:43

May I take this opportunity to second your words, and wish all my friends in Israel a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A year which we can only hope will bring peace to all the nations in the Middle East.

Thumb primesuspect 24 December 2012, 23:00


Default-user-icon Ricardo Cunha (Guest) 24 December 2012, 20:16

Merry Christmas from Brazil to Lebanese people

Default-user-icon Ricardo Siqueira Cunha (Guest) 24 December 2012, 20:19

Merry Christmas to The lebanese people(shias,Cristians, sunnis,druze,agnóstics))

Thumb andre.jabbour 24 December 2012, 21:18

the cardinal shouldnt interfere in politics...

Missing thatisit 24 December 2012, 23:12

can't disagree and can't agree with him- it is hard for me to comprehend that religious authority expressing political views and set a community political agenda regardless the outcome- this is the same as welayait el faqeeh crab we we all dislike..

Thumb LebDinosaur 25 December 2012, 07:04

Will ya leave the politics outa ya vocabulary or is that too difficult for you? I will report your bad behavior to the baba au roma.

Missing phillipo 25 December 2012, 07:14

"Inyourface" is so full of inter-religious hatred that he even has to put in negative feedback about good wishes for the holiday period.
He should be ashamed of himself.

Default-user-icon Cedarox (Guest) 25 December 2012, 22:42

The longer the political situation in Lebanon remains unresolved, the harder the zionists laugh. They lick their lips at our water and other natural resources, waiting for their next chance to invade. Will Lebanon be so stupid again? I am encouraged by any Lebanese leader striving for progress, no matter from which facet of society they come.