Franjieh Renews Support for Orthodox Law: Suleiman Rejected it at France, Qatar's Behest

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية W460

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh repeated his support for the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft law, while voicing his wonder at President Michel Suleiman's rejection of it, reported al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday.

He told the newspaper that Suleiman's rejection of the law is unjustified, noting: “He only opposed at France and Qatar's behest.”

“Lebanon is caught between two regional agendas. If Syria is victorious in its conflict, then the resistance and our project will win. If it loses, then the Mustaqbal Movement and others will win,” he remarked.

“Suleiman is the March 14 camp's Trojan horse,” he explained.

“The president was elected through France, Qatar, and Syria's consent. He shifted his positions once Syria was weakened,” continued Franjieh.

“The situation would have been different had it not been weakened … and he will not accept the victory of our camp in the parliamentary elections,” he stated.

“The president cannot violate Christian consensus,” he stressed.

The Orthodox Gathering law calls for each sect to elect its own representative at parliament.

It was advocated by the March 8 camp's Marada Movement and Free Patriotic Movement and the March 14 camp's Lebanese Forces and Phalange Party.

President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati and various other officials voiced their rejection of the law, saying that it fuels sectarianism in Lebanon.

“Perhaps the president may change his mind over the Orthodox Gathering proposal when he returns to Lebanon from Russia. Perhaps Russian officials would have informed him that the Syrian regime will not be overthrown,” said Franjieh.

Despite his support for the Orthodox Gathering law, Franjieh still believes that proportional representation is the best system for the electoral law, reported al-Akhbar.

“We should try proportional representation. We may discover some of its flaws as we did with the 1960 law,” he said.

“I still believe that the 1960 law is a good one because it allows all sects to be represented properly at parliament,” he remarked.

Franjieh helped devise the law when he served as Interior Minister in 2004, said al-Akhbar.

“The problem with the 1960 law is money,” stressed the MP.

The majority of the political factions had voiced their rejection of the amended 1960 law for the 2013 elections.

The law as adopted during the 2009 polls.

“We cannot hold the elections based on a law that is rejected by the Sunni sect and the elections cannot be held based on a law rejected by the Christians,” added Franjieh.

“Moreover, those who believe that the hybrid law will garner consensus are mistaken,” he said.

The hybrid law combines the winner-takes-all and proportional representation systems.

“I do not seek a law that would bolster centrism as there is no such thing as centrism in Lebanon,” explained the Marada leader.

“There is a difference between being a centrist figure and an unstable one,” he noted.

“A centrist figure, who does not have his own political agenda, cannot govern Lebanon,” declared the MP.

Comments 17
Missing ssnp01 26 January 2013, 10:59

Shut the hell up punk..

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 26 January 2013, 12:16

Would anyone say: It's a pity he was kept alive after his family was assasinated, the way the fans of the murderer Georges Abdallah are saying about May Chidiac?? Such an irrelevant politician..Except that he is Tlass' friend !

Thumb jcamerican 26 January 2013, 13:09

Who was not appointed by Assaad?

Thumb primesuspect 26 January 2013, 15:01

Dios mios, how can Franjieh insult the president? Saying he's France and Qatar's puppet in just unacceptable. Only a thief accuses others of stealing. He certainly is someone's puppet, He's Bashar's watchdog in Lebanon. Thank God he doesn't have much political weight in our small country.

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 16:56

the filthy zionist scum want to introduce censorship in lebanon

Thumb jcamerican 26 January 2013, 15:03

Who is clean or smart in Lebanon in your eyes?

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 16:56

only their spies and servants

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 16:50

the filthy zionist scum al kafi makes sectarian insult, i wander if naharnet editors will remove this

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 16:56

you can't be zionist in one post and lebanese in another.

choose already

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 16:56

the filthy zionist scum want to say something to frangieh

like anyone care

Missing peace 26 January 2013, 17:28

"voiced their rejection of the law, saying that it fuels sectarianism in Lebanon."

which is true.... only sectarian minded people can t see it!!!

Thumb chrisrushlau 26 January 2013, 19:55

So he just does't care what the Shiites think.
This is the best government money can buy?
But he may be right that Qatar is playing both sides of the fence. The Emir, Ralph al Thani, recently told Rupert Murdoch, "You know, Ralph, we're really not so different, you and I."
Mr. Murdoch replied, "Your Emirence, you're Ralph, I'm not."

Thumb andre.jabbour 26 January 2013, 20:58

Here comes the Zion.

Thumb jcamerican 26 January 2013, 21:13

This is why he is afraid of adopting the orthodox gathering, so the sunnis can vote for him? You do need teaching.

Thumb primesuspect 27 January 2013, 03:23

we have between 100 and 300 lebanese jews in the country, shouldn't they get a voice?

Missing ssnp01 27 January 2013, 11:37

Screw the Jews.

Thumb shab 27 January 2013, 12:30

What a backwards, outdated and primitive country Lebanon has become. When will we have a secular country where people go to polls and choose politically motivated believing in Lebanon instead of for religious beliefs and foreign relationship?
Religion is poison