Connelly Meets Berri: U.S. Welcomes Efforts to Implement Electoral that Ensures Fair Elections

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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly hoped on Monday that the 2013 parliamentary elections would be held on time.

She reiterated that “the United States welcomes Lebanese efforts to implement an electoral law that would pave the way for free, fair and transparent elections.”

She made her statements after holding talks with Speaker Nabih Berri at Ain el-Tineh.

Connelly encouraged “Lebanon to uphold its democratic and constitutional principles and hold elections on time,” said the U.S. Embassy in a statement.

Talks between the ambassador and speaker also focused on the political and security situation in Lebanon and regional events, particularly in Syria.

Connelly renewed the commitment of the United States to a stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon.

The government approved in August an electoral law based on proportional representation and 13 districts.

The draft law was rejected by the March 14-led opposition, which deemed the law a being tailored to the March 8 camp.

The parliamentary subcommittee aimed at tackling the new law is set to convene on January 8 in order to resolve the dispute over the matter.

Comments 2
Thumb whyaskwhy 02 January 2013, 06:55

Cool so Black-Berry can meet with the US ambassador and its o.k.? wow if that is not a double standard any other Lebanese to do so would be called a traitor....

Missing helicopter 02 January 2013, 09:15

Once you deport the Iranian Shiites then they will no longer be the majority. And the onnly abomination in God's eye is that of armed people undermining peace and civil rights in favor of cultural values that are foreign to our beloved Lebanon. I do not include all Shiites in my remarks, only those that are armed by Iran to advance Shiism and Iranian hegemony over the rest of our citizens (and that includes you chrisrushlau). But I have many good patriotic Shiite friends who disagree with your version of Shiism and foreign influence.