Aoun Restates Orthodox Law Support: We Will Veto Any Proposal that Does not Assure Equalityإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun restated on Tuesday his support for the Orthodox Gathering's electoral draft law, saying that he will veto any proposal that does not assure equality between Christians and Muslims.
"There is a Muslim domination over the Christian vote,” Aoun stated in an interview with OTV, adding that the Taif accord has granted Christians 64 deputies but they “never really elected their own lawmakers”.
"The executive authority is in the hand of Sunnis while the legislative authority is controlled by Shiites. Where do Christians have an impact?” he remarked.
The FPM leader said that there is a true elimination of Christians as "425,000 of them do not elect their own MPs or are not even represented”.
Responding to the critiques directed towards the Orthodox draft law, Aoun rejected describing it as unconstitutional, explaining that the Lebanese law itself divides the parliamentary seats on a sectarian basis.
"Only after he is elected a lawmaker becomes a representative of the entire nation,” he noted.
Aoun said: "As long as the situation in Lebanon is as it is we will not give up this law and if they want a civil state, we will form a board after the elections that would look into the type of regime we want”.
Commenting on March 14's Independent Christian leaders' opposition to this law, the FPM leader said: “They are nobodies and we will not give up just representation for them”.
Aoun addressed Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, saying that he only rejects the Orthodox proposal because it does not suit his interests.
"Why demand the elimination of sectarianism in the electoral law while we do not even have unity in other fields like education?” Aoun asked.
“The proposal that divides Lebanon into 50 electoral districts did not pass in the parliamentary committees' talks while 6 out of 8 blocs supported the Orthodox law,” he said.
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, Independent Christians in March 14 and several other figures.
Discussing the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Aoun said: “Lebanon cannot handle this flow of refugees and it has become an alarming problem of overpopulation”.
"We have told (Prime Minister Najib) Miqati that he cannot disassociate himself or the cabinet from counting the number of refugees and from deploying security forces on the border,” Aoun noted.
"Assad's regime will not fall and they will end up communicating and holding national dialogue to find a solution for the current situation,” he said.
According to the latest report issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled the bloody conflict in their home country for Lebanon since the eruption of the neighboring country's war.
The government has been distancing itself from the uprising in Syria which started as peaceful demonstrations against President Bashar Assad's regime but turned into a bloody crackdown that has so far led to 60,000 deaths.
15 January 2013, 22:11
Aoun: The money distributed to municipalities out of gains made in the mobile sector are not for electoral purposes and (Former Telecommunication Minister) Charbel Nahas had suggested 2 drafts to finance municipalities but were either rejected or halted.
15 January 2013, 22:07
Aoun: Shiites do not have a tendency to dominate and control the rest of the Lebanese communities and they are reacting out of self-defense.
15 January 2013, 22:04
Aoun: Jumblat is only against the Orthodox law because it does not suit him and he is calling for eliminating sectarianism while there is no national unity in education and other fields.
15 January 2013, 22:02
Aoun: (PSP leader MP) Walid Jumblat is the one who constantly isolates its community and he is paying emigrants not the displaced. Christians have not been recuperated for leaving their villages as money is given to another community.
15 January 2013, 21:59
Aoun: My allies back our decision concerning the Orthodox law.
15 January 2013, 21:56
Aoun: During Bkirki's meeting the attendees agreed on the Orthodox Gathering's draft electoral law. The proposal that divides Lebanon into 50 electoral districts did not pass in the parliamentary committees while 6 out of 8 blocs support the Orthodox law.
15 January 2013, 21:54
Aoun: We are on the same page with Bkirki and we did not say the safety of Christians is being violated but we expressed that we are not enjoying our rights.
15 January 2013, 21:52
Aoun: We will veto all draft laws that do not guarantee equality between Christians and Muslims and I do not understand why did President Michel Suleiman take this position in relation to the Orthodox law.
15 January 2013, 21:51
Aoun: We are already divided on a sectarian basis and each community has a share in power but geographical division is not accepted.
15 January 2013, 21:50
Aoun: The Orthodox law is not unconstitutional as the constitution divides the seats on a sectarian basis and only after he is elected a lawmaker represents all the Lebanese.
15 January 2013, 21:41
Aoun: As long as the situation in Lebanon is as it is we will not give up the Orthodox law and if they want a civil state, let's apply it on the upcoming elections and after, we will form a board that would look into the state we want.
15 January 2013, 21:40
Aoun: The Orthodox Gathering's draft electoral law cannot be applied based on the majority system and its current version gives minorities their rights and assures absolute justice.
15 January 2013, 21:38
Aoun: Independent Christian leaders are 'nobodies' and we will not give up just representation for them.
15 January 2013, 21:32
Aoun: There are 1279000 Christian voters in the western Bekaa, Rashsayya, Baalbeck, Hermel and Aley.
15 January 2013, 21:27
Aoun: The Lebanese Christians are under the control of the dominant Sunni and Shiite parties.
15 January 2013, 21:27
Aoun: The only true authority is in the cabinet's hand. There is a real elimination of Christians and 425 thousand of them do not elect their own MPs or are not even represented.
15 January 2013, 21:26
Aoun: The executive authority is in the hand of Sunnis while the legislative authority is controlled by Shiites. Where do Christians have an impact?
15 January 2013, 21:25
Aoun: In 2005 the cabinet took over the parliament that lost its role; the government's decisions became ruling laws and the result was widespread corruption.
15 January 2013, 21:24
Aoun: The Taif accord has granted Christians 64 deputies but this was never applied and today we are asking for true representation where Christians will be able to elect their own lawmakers.
15 January 2013, 21:22
Aoun: The Taif accord decreased the number of Christian MPs and took away their authorities and countries like Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco have played a role to assure its application.
15 January 2013, 21:20
Aoun: Christians have created the Lebanese unity and have encouraged co-existence and today they are paying the price.
15 January 2013, 21:19
Aoun: There is an Islamic domination on the Christian choice.
15 January 2013, 21:19
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun: I want fair and just representation to all Lebanese people.