Miqati Optimistic on Holding Elections on Time Based on Modern Law

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Prime Minister Najib Miqati said Friday that the 2013 parliamentary elections would be held based on what he called a modern law, reiterating that only dialogue salvages Lebanon and preserves stability.

In remarks to Grand Serail employees and accredited journalists, Miqati said he was highly optimistic for 2013 during which “the elections would be held on time through a modern law.”

The March 8 majority alliance and the March 14 opposition have been trading accusations on seeking to postpone the elections and holding onto the winner-takes-all system of the 1960 law.

The cabinet's electoral bill that has set 13 districts and is based on proportional representation faced a deadlock in parliament after the March 14 alliance rejected it.

Discussions on several other draft-laws in parliament also stalled in October after the opposition boycotted all legislative and government related activity in the aftermath of the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch chief Wissam al-Hasan.

The coalition has also set the government's resignation as a precondition for attending the all-party talks with March 8 at Baabda palace.

But in his speech on Friday, Miqati said “only dialogue salvages Lebanon and preserves stability.”

“Partnership is Lebanon's soul without which Lebanon would lose its identity ... Our fate is to meet under a united Lebanon,” he said.

“The security danger does not spare anyone,” Miqati stressed, saying that officials who come to office in the future will suffer from the repercussions of the differences between different sides.

“Then why this kind of behavior?” he wondered.

The prime minister warned that the country would weaken from local jolts. “Don't be afraid of foreign dangers because the nation is stronger than any quake that comes from abroad. But it would weaken if it comes from within.”

He appeased fears that the March 8 alliance was seeking to postpone the elections to keep the government in power.

“There will always be a rotation of power,” he said, adding “others will come to build on our achievements.”

The “Lebanese have no choice but to live together despite differences on politics and the economy,” the premier told the Grand Serail staff and reporters.

Stressing that the nation is neither “a geographic location” nor a “farm,” he said the state is a system that sets aside sectarianism and a space where there is stability for everyone's interest.

Comments 9
Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 28 December 2012, 11:28

then why did you take the premiership and not stress dialogue when M8 toppled Hariri's government? funny how M8 forget that they refused dialogue by toppling the govt. load of B.S.
i agree that all parties need to sit down and talk and solve their differences through dialogue, but when one party is refusing the discussion of the most fundamental topic that is dividing the lebanese then why talk? what would be the point?

Thumb mckinl 28 December 2012, 11:36

The most fundamental topic is the well being of Lebanon not the disposition of HA weapons. Currently Lebanon is being torn apart by foreign actors, a worldwide economic crisis and infighting that shackles the government from tackling imperative decisions.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 28 December 2012, 12:11

the most fundamental issue is HA weapons... akeed the well being of lebanon is the most important..duh...
the economic crisis of lebanon is the direct result of HA weapons and the lack of willing investors to pour their money into a country controlled by a militia..
again.. you did not answer why he is now stressing dialogue and did not think about refusing the premiership and stress dialogue when they toppled the hariri govt.. that does not show that m8 is for dialogue.. not to mention all decisions that were taken previously at the national dialogue and were never implemented..
so what you are saying is everyone has to forget that one militia controls the country and can make all decisions by force and sit,...accept the situation.. and talk about other things.. nonsense.

Thumb mckinl 28 December 2012, 12:28

@ arzak-ya-libnan

Tourism and investment in Lebanon has been hurt by two factors. The worldwide economic crisis and the GCC using its clout to discourage tourists and investment to pressure Hezbollah by hurting Lebanon.

Read my post on demographics below as to why there are dire times ahead for all of the middle east and Lebanon as well ...

Thumb mckinl 28 December 2012, 12:20

“Do not fear external dangers,” said Mikati, addressing the Lebanese people. “Our nation is stronger than any external threat. It only weakens if the danger is internal,” he added. ~ Daily Star

Wishful thinking ... the worldwide economic crisis is a threat that will shake Lebanon violently. Should the government not respond properly Lebanon will suffer grievous, possibly catastrophic consequences.

Demographic time bombs are exploding in all countries in the middle east and most of the west. Younger generations will see increasing joblessness and poverty as imploding financial capitalism, peak oil production and climate change wreak havoc.

Missing helicopter 28 December 2012, 17:33

Wishful thinking I agree but not for the reasons you stated.
In case of Lebanon external and internal threats are interwind thanks to M8 acting as extension of the Syrian and Iranian regimes in Lebanon (not just politically but militarily and including eliminating opposition via assassinations).
The worldwide economic crisis for sure will play a threat, but the bigger threat to our economy has been the Government corruption and the lawlessness caused by M8 and their sympathizers (such as the wave of kidnappings and threats made to Arab nationals who are the main source of our tourism). Have you seen the Politicians suffering due to the world economic crisis? Of course NOT, only the peaceful Lebanese civilian is suffering (not the Za3ran who steal and kidnap and sell drugs).

Missing helicopter 28 December 2012, 17:34

“There will always be a rotation of power,” he said, adding “others will come to build on our achievements.”.... is he bragging about some achievements? With achievements like that who needs failures.

Thumb shab 29 December 2012, 03:02

Enough crap ! Secular technocrat goverment now. Let M8 and M14 play in the schoolyard away from messing up people and the country.

Thumb LebDinosaur 29 December 2012, 07:19

This is the mess that jumblatt put us in when he switched sides. We went from an OK government to a really bad one.