Suleiman: Proportionality Offers Fair Representation, 1960 Law Didn't Achieve National Purpose

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President Michel Suleiman called on Saturday for the adoption of a parliamentary electoral law that “produces diversity among all sects” in Lebanon.

He said before his visitors: “Proportional representation will achieve fair representation among these sects.”

Moreover, he noted that the amended 1960 law that was adopted during the 2009 elections failed to “accomplish its national purpose.”

“The failure of the 1960 law does not justify the support for laws that produce sectarian blocs in Lebanon,” Suleiman said in reference to the Orthodox Gathering proposal, which he noted stokes sectarianism in the country.

He therefore suggested that amendments be introduced to the draft law based on proportional representation given that some political factions had voiced their rejection to it.

“These amendments could include combining the winner-takes-all and proportional representation systems,” the president added.

“This will help pave the way for the establishment of a senate in Lebanon and eventually the adoption of the proportional representation system in future electoral laws,” Suleiman stated.

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.

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

The government approved in August an electoral draft law based on proportional representation and 13 districts.

It was rejected by Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and the March 14 camp, which deemed it as being tailored to the March 8 camp's interests.

Given the ongoing dispute over the electoral law, the parliamentary subcommittee had been holding meetings over the past two weeks to study various proposals, including the Orthodox law and hybrid law.

Suleiman held separate talks on Saturday with Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour and the head of the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council Nasri Khoury.

Comments 13
Thumb jcamerican 26 January 2013, 14:59

So they are going to have parliament, senate, ministers in Lebanon. Who is going to pay for all these useless leaders, without discrimination.

Default-user-icon JC Williams (Guest) 26 January 2013, 16:42

The United States finds a way with breaks for Multinational Corporations and Oil Companies too. Maybe the Saudis and Gatar can throw a little in the kitty .

Thumb primesuspect 26 January 2013, 15:20

I'm tired if this... we don't want any of our politicians, none of them is representing their citizens... they're just representing themselves. Might as well play bingo and elect officials randomly...

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 17:00

the filthy zionist scum want to introduce "random" elections because it's the only way that their friends m14 could win

Thumb beiruti 26 January 2013, 16:13

The best solution is the one agreed upon in 1990 at Taif. Lebanon should move to 128 one-man districts which are elected without reference to the confessional identity of the candidates running for the seats. This will end the dispute of whether one sect or the other is over or under represented in Parliament.
The 50-50 confessional division, in order to insure the rights of confessional minorities would be worked in the Lebanese Senate. 26 or 30 Senators elected in a 50-50 proportion with the various sects allocated seats within their confessional groupings.
It is the same forumula by which the same problem, albeit not confessional, was resolved in the US Constitution. Our issue was large states vs. small states. Small states (religious minorities) were given guarantees of not being overrun by given equal representation in the US Senate. 2 senators/State regardless of size.

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 17:03

the filthy zionist scum advocates senate because they hope that in senate their friends m14 would have power to make problems

Missing gcb1 26 January 2013, 20:12


I agree with you a great deal. Indeed, your reference to the composition of the US government and its history does have alot of similarities to the case in Lebanon today, albeit it is a matter of sects and not states. Hopefully a PR system is adopted so that other grassroots movements are able to topple some of the major parties that have only brought Lebanon backwards, and whose officials are appointed due to patronage and family bloodlines rather than merit.

Missing helicopter 26 January 2013, 20:43

Perfectly said @beiruti

Thumb andre.jabbour 26 January 2013, 21:02

Very accurate description of the current situation. Now the m3a2ad jabal will insult you for saying loud what everyone thinks.

Thumb jabalamel 26 January 2013, 17:00

lol empire :)

Default-user-icon bunga bunga (Guest) 26 January 2013, 20:15

jabalhabal zionist must bunged ur mama when she carying u in hers stomack, bung bung bung and ur cry she never heared u zionsist make her too hapy. this why u hates tem so much.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 26 January 2013, 20:42

why all our honorable responsibles , deputies , first class employees , cannot function without all this fanfare of expensive furniture and least dont show off in front of these poor citizens...i am not communist but shouyet zok.

Default-user-icon mohamad awdi (Guest) 26 January 2013, 22:48

i would like to be a senator