Jumblat: Some Sides are Mistaken in Believing They Can Eliminate the Other in the Elections

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat renewed on Monday his rejection of the Orthodox Gathering parliamentary electoral law, revealing that the party will present its position on the electoral law discussions.

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “Some sides are mistaken in believing that they can eliminate the other in the parliamentary elections.”

“The elections are just a phase and we must return to dialogue and the central principles proposed by President Michel Suleiman, starting with the national defense strategy,” he added.

Moreover, the MP suggested that a national unity government be formed after the elections, which are scheduled for June.

The Orthodox Gathering proposal, which calls for each sect to elect its own lawmakers, has created divisions among various political factions in Lebanon.

A Christian four-party committee, comprised of the Phalange Party, Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, and Marada Movement, has advocated the law.

Suleiman, Prime Minister Najib Miqati, Jumblat, the Mustaqbal Movement, and independent MPs of the March 14 camp all rejected the proposal.

Jumblat had said earlier in January that the proposal “would lead to extremism and the isolation of sects,” as well as jeopardize coexistence and the Taef accord.

Commenting on Suleiman's vocal support for civil marriage in Lebanon, Jumblat lauded his “progressive thinking,” hoping that this measure will mark the beginning of the tearing down of sectarian barriers.

“This will help pave the way for the implementation of the Taef Accord and the establishment of a senate in Lebanon as the proper representative for different Lebanese factions,” he added.

“The senate will offer an alternative to the backward thinking that was demonstrated in the so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal or various televised debates that are reminiscent of the black days of the past,” he stated.

“Isn't it better to bolster diversity and coexistence instead of division?” the MP asked.

He suggested that various parties return to the 1936 constitution devised under the French mandate over Lebanon, “seeing as it offers more progressive ideas that are better than the ones being presented today.”

“If only politicians would halt their heated rhetoric in favor of catering to the people, who have fruitlessly waited for power-generating vessels that appear to be taking a world cruise across the five continents ahead of arriving at Lebanon's shores,” Jumblat remarked sarcastically.

“Even if the ships do arrive and end the darkness, who will guarantee that they can illuminate the dark minds that issued indirect and questionable threats against the Special Tribunal for Lebanon?” he wondered.

He made his statement in reference to the recent publication of a list of names of witnesses linked to the STL trial that is set for March.

The development sparked an outcry by March 14 officials who accused the publishers of jeopardizing the lives of the witnesses.

Comments 22
Default-user-icon bluestothebone (Guest) 21 January 2013, 15:15

well said WJ. Those of us who are yearning for a Lebanon without sectarian divide and wants to look ahead for a true sustainable state without armed militias and without those who have suddenly became men or merely shadows of men hiding behind the weapons of deception and theft. Aoun, nasrallah, berri and the syrian gang will sooner or later be flushed down the toilet of history once and for all.

Missing Cyanide 21 January 2013, 16:59

what the hell are you talking bout moron. he has christiams muslims and druze in his party. he is calling for dialogue and trying to save the country from war.. he is sticking by the government and it institutions. not like others kasaro haybit l dawli wil jeish.. know your stff before typing man.. you are making your self look like an idiot. plus everyone else gets a position in the tiangle but not the druze. now you wonna take their areas bisalbata. really bro. this country would collapse if all people are like you.

Missing beirutbastard00 21 January 2013, 22:29

Name one person here that isn't sectarian!

Yes jumblatt is sectarian... But the Druze arent enough to rule on their own, so they naturally have to form alliances with other sects. That's the definition of coexistence.

Jumblatt for brezident!!!

Default-user-icon Mordekaiser (Guest) 22 January 2013, 10:56

let us assume that there are only Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, the last accurate demographic statistics for Lebanon were made by the french in the 30's, back then the percentage was 60-40, during taef it was assumed to be 50-50, now it is 40-60 according to very inaccurate surveys... the idea of 40% of the people electing 50% of the representatives is downright stupid and overreaching, for proper presentation under the so called orthodox law, then every sect should be able to elect the exact percentage of representatives corresponding to their percentage of people... and we cannot assume the numbers, we need accurate surveys to be conducted at least once between elections and the percentages to be changed accordingly because we cannot assume that nobody dies, nobody changes their minds, nobody has kids, nobody leaves and nobody moves to Lebanon...

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 21 January 2013, 15:23

Mr joumblat
you are right nobody can eliminate the other
but a its absolute necessity that a law give the right volume of each party
you mr joumblat are pumping up your political volume by confiscating the christian vote as well as the moustaqbal
so mr joumblat are you
ma3 el timsil el sahih aou ma3 el tsoulbot 3ala 20 nayeb massihi
god bless lebanon

Missing Cyanide 21 January 2013, 16:55

ya sa7bi howdi l 20 neyeb 3am ymaslo l masi7iyin. walla lezem ykoon fi 3oun la yseer l timseel l sa7ee7.. ba3den ma fi illa PSP fi druze w mase7iyyi w islem. 7izb mo5talat.. tla30 ba2a min ossit l adyen wil timseel l dini. 3ama bi albkon mankon majadeb

Thumb geha 21 January 2013, 16:55

Lebanon's only way out is federation.

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 17:05

the filthy zionist scum wants divisions in lebanon

Default-user-icon jojo (Guest) 21 January 2013, 17:24

just out of curiosity, what make's you think that Geha is a fan of Zion?

I share his view and assure you that I am both anti-zionist and anti-hizb.

can you believe me or does that make me a zionist as well?

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 17:40

will naharnet editors erase post that calls for division of lebanon?

Missing peace 21 January 2013, 18:30

will naharnet please erase stupid post from ahbal? thank you....

Thumb Bandoul 21 January 2013, 20:57

the filthy irani scum wants domination of other Lebanese at gunpoint.

Missing bigjohn 21 January 2013, 17:21

It is not about eliminating you Walid. You have for a long time been getting a lot more MP seats in parliament (and power) than your supporters add up to. Arslan and other M8 Druze leaders who got 30% of Druze vote in last elections are not complaining. If you are really a "progressive Socialist" (like myself), you would change your sectarian politics and stop acting like a SECTARIAN tribal leader.

Missing beirutbastard00 21 January 2013, 22:32

When the rest of the country becomes "progressive" we can talk about it...

Default-user-icon JC Williams (Guest) 21 January 2013, 17:27

Jumblatt has become more reasonable since the Syrian "Regime" didn't fall as promised. It's the second time the Americans have lied to him and left him hanging. His importance as a leader of a bloc that can crown the next failure ,I mean Prime Minister, has protected him. It's time for you salafists,Zionists and other 'ists' to realize that the attepted Regime change has failed. Al Nursa can keep murdering as long as they want but the majority of Syrians,yes Sunnis included are sick of the Free Syrain Thieves and the Opposition in exile will never form a government. Lebanon should look for political compromise and tend to it's own garden.

Missing bigjohn 21 January 2013, 17:52

In 1968, the PSP won a fourth of the seats in local elections in Bikfaya (where my mother was born). The PSP used to get almost half of the Christian votes in the Chouf against shamoun (and his allies). The PSP of the past IS NOT the same PSP of today.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 21 January 2013, 18:17

now we need a kamal jumblat and a bachir gemayel..both were killed by the syrian regime allied then with the wahhabies of saudi arabia(formerly known as najd and hijaz)

Missing beirutbastard00 21 January 2013, 22:33

Very true

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 20:01

those areas ended up in the hands of PSP after your genocidal zionist militia left christian genocidal militia to fight alone, and "forgot" arms in druze areas.

a lesson for every patriotic lebanese christian who is the enemy

Missing beirutbastard00 21 January 2013, 22:24

Hell yea! :D

Thumb jcamerican 21 January 2013, 22:29

How about history keeps repeating itself. Does it ring a bell.

Missing beirutbastard00 21 January 2013, 22:34

Lool