Report: Jumblat's Bloc, al-Mustaqbal to Join Miqati in Boycotting Session on Orthodox Vote Law

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The National Struggle Front and al-Mustaqbal bloc are the two major parties that have so far announced that they would boycott a parliamentary session if the Orthodox Gathering proposal was put on its agenda, An Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said that National Struggle Front chief and Druze leader Walid Jumblat and the members of his bloc would boycott the session if Speaker Nabih Berri invites the lawmakers for a General Assembly to vote on the proposal.

But Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, another Druze leader, would attend the session.

MP Ahmed Fatfat also stressed in remarks to An Nahar that the members of the mainly Sunni al-Mustaqbal bloc have taken the final decision to boycott any such session.

He warned that if Prime Minister Najib Miqati and the Sunni ministers of the northern city of Tripoli attend the session, they would create a political crisis that harms their representation.

His remarks came amid reports that efforts have been exerted to hold such a session before the March 10 deadline for signing a bill that calls on voters to participate in the elections.

Miqati has already announced that he would boycott any such session, which Speaker Nabih Berri has so far stalled in calling for to give rival parties more time to reach consensus on a draft-law that would govern the elections scheduled to be held on June 9.

President Michel Suleiman has vowed to challenge the Orthodox proposal before the constitutional council if is approved by parliament.

The plan divides Lebanon into a single district and allows each sect to vote for its own lawmakers under a proportional representation system. But its critics, including Miqati, al-Mustaqbal, the National Struggle Front and March 14 opposition’s independent Christian MPs, have said it harms the social fabric and leads to extremism.

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Thumb mckinl 02 March 2013, 08:49

Of course they are going to boycott ... They will end up with many fewer MPs if the gathering law becomes law ...

How does anyone expects a new voting law to work and still return all the existing MPs? Everyone wants reform ... to benefit themselves.

Missing saynotoreligion 02 March 2013, 08:56

We're going to vote m14 and m8 out of office. If not in this election then in the next one. We are fed up with their uselessness

Thumb mckinl 02 March 2013, 08:59

Taking bets ?

Thumb bananasplit 02 March 2013, 22:13


Thumb jcamerican 02 March 2013, 14:01

They are showing their true colors.

Default-user-icon Ashrafieh (Guest) 02 March 2013, 15:13

The ones afraid of their true size are a bunch terrorists from miquati to joumblat and moustaqbal
Christians rights are sacred

Default-user-icon Philip (Guest) 02 March 2013, 16:55

You guys need to get rid of these old, backward ridiculous politicians. All the big players all seem to have been big players in the civil war. I dont think Lebanon will get better until all of these guys like jumblatt/aeon retire or naturally die. They hold Lebanon back.

Default-user-icon Shovlan Ghordas (Guest) 02 March 2013, 17:55

But cheikh Saad al-Haribi Telteyn al-Marajil gave his not-worth-a-penny word that he will attend and lead the elections regardless of the voting law! This is another proof that cheikh al-Haribi is a man of his not-worth-a-penny word. As to Jumblat, what do you expect from one other embodiment of filth? All at the expense of the Christians. mabrouk, Christians, for such associations!

Thumb whyaskwhy 03 March 2013, 06:51

Lebanon leadership all around...the status quo!