Suleiman: Transitional Parliament an Option if No New Law Before Polls

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President Michel Suleiman called on Friday for holding the elections based on the winner-takes-all system if parliament failed to agree on a new draft-law but said the legislature could be later dissolved and polls held if a new law was adopted.

“Everyone is doubting whether the parliament would represent the Lebanese fairly,” he told al-Joumhouria newspaper.

He suggested “holding the elections for a transitional parliament pending an agreement on a new electoral draft-law.”

“Then a new legislature could be elected based on the new law in order to be honest with ourselves and the people,” Suleiman said.

The cabinet has approved a bill that divides Lebanon into 13 electoral districts and is based on proportionality. But the opposition March 14 coalition has rejected it.

Furthermore, discussions on an electoral draft-law stopped in October when the opposition boycotted all parliamentary activity after blaming the government for the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hasan.

In his remarks to al-Joumhouria on the 2013 elections, Suleiman said he will ensure that the polls are held on time no matter which law is adopted.

“I prefer a system based on proportional representation but if the Lebanese don't agree with me I will go ahead with a consensual decision among them,” he said.

The president also rejected extending the parliament's mandate, denying reports that Paris had made such a proposal.

“Is it believable for a country such as France to make such suggestions?” he wondered.

Comments 5
Thumb geha 28 December 2012, 08:55

m14 will not back down on the boycott unless m8 stop the killing and threatening.
for those who will jump again to defend m8: the threats are constant and on a daily basis. just read any m8 comment these days.

Thumb mckinl 28 December 2012, 11:04

geha~ "m14 will not back down on the boycott..."

Gemayel has already agreed to attend talks, or don't you read the news? M14 is slowly breaking apart. The popularity of M14 peaked after they tried to assault the Grand Serail. It has been down hill for M14 ever since. It must be said that the Saqr Debacle has accelerated the fall.

All this bluster from you, geha, just shows how the M14 position has become increasingly precarious. When M14 made you their spokesman I can't answer, I have not seen that news report.

Thumb kelebombom 28 December 2012, 10:05

Why do i even bother reading the comments on naharnet?

Thumb mckinl 28 December 2012, 11:20

It's just like reading the comics section?

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 28 December 2012, 14:25

why not a transitional president ya sleiman heik heik kharbene??