Gemayel Says Marginalizing Christians No Longer Acceptable, Urges March 14 to Propose Alternatives

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The Phalange Party said on Monday that it is open to discuss any electoral law provided that it does not marginalize Christians' votes.

"We reject an election held based on the 1960 law,” MP Sami Gemayel said after the weekly meeting of the party's political bureau.

Gemayel stated: “We will no longer tolerate the marginalization and the misrepresentation of Christians who prefer not to vote in districts with Muslim majority because they know their votes will not make a difference”.

"For the first time in 23 years different parties in Lebanon are communicating and sharing their concerns,” he expressed, adding that the Phalange's only condition is adopting an electoral law that assures just representation.

The Phalange lawmaker called on the party's allies to come forward with their own suggestions of an electoral law instead of criticizing the Orthodox Gathering's draft.

"What brings us together as March 14 is rejecting the illegal possession of arms, our insistence on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and our faith in the constitutional institutions' role in Lebanon,” Gemayel said, explaining that in what concerns the electoral law, the alliance's parties have yet to reach an accord.

The Christian four-party committee on the electoral law had agreed to endorse the electoral system proposed by the so-called Orthodox Gathering, under which each sect would elect its own lawmakers.

But the proposal was criticized by President Michel Suleiman, Premier Najib Miqati, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, al-Mustaqbal Movement, March 14 Independent Christian leaders and several other figures.

"We also urge (Progressive Socialist Party's leader) MP Walid Jumblat to propose a solution,” Gemayel said, insisting that going back to adopting the 1960's law is out of the question.

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

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Missing mohammad_ca 14 January 2013, 20:00

If that is the logic that you want to follow then let's get representation by population.

Missing mohammad_ca 15 January 2013, 10:58

accordion, your comment proves my point, so let's have representation by population then...

Missing MyNigga 15 January 2013, 13:11

mohammad_ca,
Then we should include the 20-30 million Lebanese outside the country too! I'm sure they (vast majority of them are Christians) would love to be represented!

Missing mohammad_ca 15 January 2013, 14:40

anthony I fully agree with you!

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 14 January 2013, 22:21

very dangerous...the next step, "orthodox two",will be the sect of the president!!!!!!!!!!

Thumb Bandoul 14 January 2013, 22:28

The end result of proposing a law that violate the Taef Accord is civil chaos and resentment. In some instances, some laws degrade and/or become defective over time and must be amended by the competent authorities responsible for it. If the Taef Accord has become defective in that it no longer accurately represents the proportionality of each sect on the ground then the Lebanese government has a responsibility to reform it instead of creating new laws to violate it. That's what responsible and democratic governments do.

Thumb Bandoul 15 January 2013, 19:35

poor disaccordianman...ma fi shi bhall deneh 2ahirkon 2ad el taef...rou7 intek inta w'3oun. Come up with a better solution, sell it to the people and then go implement the ammendments into law you orange peel garbage you. btw, your master will never be president 7aram.

Thumb Bandoul 14 January 2013, 22:30

Your statement suggests that you do not understand how the electoral college works.

Thumb lebnanfirst 15 January 2013, 02:50

@Bandoul
What does the electoral college have to do with what @min-canada is saying?

Thumb Bandoul 14 January 2013, 22:32

The end result of proposing a law that violate the Taef Accord is civil chaos and resentment. In some instances, some laws degrade and/or become defective over time and must be amended by the competent authorities responsible for it. If the Taef Accord has become defective in that it no longer accurately represents the proportionality of each sect on the ground then the Lebanese government has a responsibility to reform it instead of creating new laws to violate it. That's what responsible and democratic governments do.

Thumb primesuspect 15 January 2013, 00:49

It's good to see you Bandoul. Nice avatar also :)

Thumb Bandoul 15 January 2013, 19:39

thanx prime...just keeping it real. The multi personality FT and his multi accounts having conversations with himself has become really ridiculous.

Thumb primesuspect 15 January 2013, 00:52

@ the roar: you pray for his safety, yet your employer supports assassinations, and probably was behind the killing of our junior gemayel minister cowardly assassinated 5 years ago.

so your speech is hypocrisy. nada mas tonto.

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 15 January 2013, 02:39

Yes his brave uncle that was blown up by Syria and then his brother who was also killed by Syria. The same Syrian government you defend in other news stories...

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 January 2013, 07:10

Well done accordion thats well put lets fight over every issue we have and kill all. That has worked real well for Lebanon over the past 70 years....

Missing ssnp01 15 January 2013, 10:09

Who is this punk .I will never vote for that clown..

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 January 2013, 10:28

Thanks for agreeging with me that the last thing we need to do is "bring it on" as in Lebanon we both know it translates to bombs nowadays. If we cannot all agree to live in peace and respect the rights to do so then another 170 years will pass us by while we continue to tell each other "bring it on". Jumblatt, Harriri, Assad, Nasrallah,3oun,Franjieh,Ja3ja3 and the rest of the politicians in lebanon want us to bring it on as it means they rule us completely. If you continue to beleive that they are our salvation then my friend I will tell you Vegas will give you a lot better odds of the lotto. We need to progress past these old and tried failled approach of anhilating each other in Lebanon that simply will not work. Todays enemy maybe tomorrows friend and we will not suceed without each other as a people. Lebanon first otherwise its to each his own and the country will continue repeating its mistakes.