Aoun to Accept Any Electoral Law if President's Powers Returned to Way They Were Pre-Taif Accordإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said on Thursday that the Bkirki meetings that were held between Christian leaders to reach an agreement over a new parliamentary electoral law found that the Orthodox Gathering law offers the best representation, followed by the law based on proportional representation.
He said: “I am ready to accept any electoral law on condition that the president's privileges be restored to what they were before the Taif Accord.”
“We will accept the Orthodox Gathering law and a weak Christian leader, but on condition that we acquire 64 lawmakers are parliament,” he added after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting at Rabiyeh.
“The blackmail that has been going on since the Taif Accord must stop. There are some 24 Christian lawmakers who are not affiliated to me. Let them have them. I do not represent anyone. Let them accept the Orthodox Gathering law,” he declared.
“Let them explain to me why the Orthodox Gathering law was rejected,” Aoun demanded.
“I will not believe the excuse that it was rejected in defense of national unity. I alone am sacrificing 24 MPs in the name of unity,” he stressed.
Commenting on the case of refugees flooding Lebanon from Syria, Aoun said: “This issue is beyond humanitarian.”
“Arab countries that are funding and arming the rebels should halt the unrest in Syria and turn to dialogue,” he proposed.
“Lebanon does not have enough space for the refugees. We have not closed the border in their faces, but the country can no longer support their burden,” he noted.
Addressing some Tripoli Muslim clerics' call against Christmas celebrations, the MP declared: “Some of their statements are an ill omen and we have no room in our future for such calls.”
“Silence over this issue is worse than the silence over the armament of various groups. Murders and takfiri thinking contradict the teachings of Islam,” he added.
The Lebanese constitution speaks of the absolute freedom of belief and practice in Lebanon, he stressed.
The Koran also speaks against takfiris, he continued.
“Only God can act as our judge,” stressed Aoun.
03 January 2013, 17:55
Aoun: Our patience is nearing its end with those tarnishing our image. Whoever wants to challenge us can meet us in court.
03 January 2013, 17:53
Aoun: How can Lebanon be in an economic crisis if foreign deposits increased by 7.5 percent?
03 January 2013, 17:49
Aoun: These employees are specialists in their field.
03 January 2013, 17:49
Aoun on the offshore oil and gas wealth: Instead of promising the Lebanese people that the economy will be nourished through this discovery, disputes erupted over the salaries of the employees of the Petroleum Authority.
03 January 2013, 17:46
Aoun: Various countries, including European ones, are suffering from poor economic growth. Lebanon is not an isolated country and it is bound to be affected by the poor global economy.
03 January 2013, 17:45
Aoun: No country that supports the Syrian revolution wants Lebanon to remain safe. Those countries brought takfiris to Lebanon.
03 January 2013, 17:42
Aoun: Some people who are ignorant in economics claim that the government impoverished Lebanon and prevented Arab tourists from traveling to the country.
03 January 2013, 17:37
Aoun: The case of refugees is beyond humanitarian.
03 January 2013, 17:35
Aoun: Arab and western countries should end the crisis in Syria, which will resolve the case of refugees whom Lebanon can no longer support.
03 January 2013, 17:29
Aoun on Syrian refugees: We support the policy of disassociation from the Syrian crisis. We still believe in dialogue with the Syrian opposition. We have stated from the start that the Syrian regime will not collapse.
03 January 2013, 17:27
Aoun: The Orthodox Gathering law should be adopted otherwise we would be forced to accept a weak Christian leader. The blackmail that has been going on since the Taif Accord should stop.
03 January 2013, 17:22
Aoun: The Lebanese Forces agreed to the Orthodox Gathering law and then the law on proportional representation as a second option approved by all Maronites.
03 January 2013, 17:20
Aoun on parliamentary electoral law: The meetings at Bkirki agreed that the Orthodox Gathering law is the best one, followed by the one based on proportional representation.
03 January 2013, 17:15
Aoun: If certain Muslim clerics objected to the presence of Christmas tree at the presidential palace, then why hasn't anyone objected to Ramadan iftars and Muslim prayers at the Grand Serail.
03 January 2013, 17:13
Aoun: The Koran stipulates that only God can be our judge regardless of our beliefs.
03 January 2013, 17:12
Aoun: I would not be bringing up this issue if it weren't for the silence of the majority over the rise of the takfiris.
03 January 2013, 17:11
Aoun: The Lebanese constitution speaks at length about the freedom of belief in Lebanon.
03 January 2013, 17:10
Aoun: We want to know the position of various Muslim leaders on the issue of takfiris.
03 January 2013, 17:09
Aoun: Remaining silent is worse than the armament of various groups in Lebanon.
03 January 2013, 17:08
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting: We warn of the threat of takfiris in Lebanon and the threat they pose to Christians.