Gemayel Urges Feasible Alternative to Orthodox Law, Says Settlement Possible

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Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel on Saturday revealed that “contacts are ongoing between a group of leaders in order to reach common ground and a settlement over the electoral law.”

“There is an inclination to endorse a hybrid electoral law that enjoys consensus and no one has an interest in instability,” Gemayel said in an interview on Al-Jazeera television.

Defending a decision by President Michel Suleiman and Premier Najib Miqati to sign a decree calling on electoral bodies to hold the parliamentary elections, Gemayel said: “What Suleiman and Miqati did was a constitutional measure, as the deadline was approaching and it is their duty to call on electoral bodies to hold the polls.”

“Those describing the law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering as heresy must suggest a feasible proposal,” Gemayel added.

Under the Orthodox Gathering's controversial draft law, each sect would elect its own lawmakers.

“I call on all parties to agree on a new law that achieves real partnership among all the components of society and proper Christian and Muslim representation, a law that enhances national unity,” Gemayel added.

Turning to the issue of the Syrian conflict, Gemayel said: “We're against dragging Lebanon into the ongoing bloody conflict in Syria and the Phalange Party has called for positive neutrality in line with the Baabda Declaration.”

He stressed that Syrian President Bashar Assad “cannot survive and no dictator can stay in power after this popular revolution in Syria.”

“Positive neutrality is essential in order to prevent importing the Syrian revolution into Lebanon and turning it into a civil war among the Lebanese,” Gemayel urged.

“We will do all we can to convince everyone to stop their military interference in Syria,” he vowed.

Comments 6
Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 09 March 2013, 19:41

orthodox law is peaceful and good for every sect,with munasafa to everybody including: the president,chief of the army, mukhabarat el jaysh, governer of central bank, lets tango with 18 partners.

Thumb andre.jabbour 09 March 2013, 20:03

long live ex president Amin Gemayel!

a wise man.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 09 March 2013, 20:12

“Those describing the law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering as heresy must suggest a feasible proposal,” Gemayel added.
and since we are running out of time let the orthodox law pass for once and the persons elected from this law are obliged to make a law that suites and be fair to all since the orthodox law will give each one its true size so the law that will be issued fro them will be more than fair
god bless lebanon

Missing VINCENT 09 March 2013, 20:26

Well intended and said. A comment about "Positive neutrality is essential in order to prevent importing the Syrian revolution into Lebanon and turning it into a civil war among the Lebanese".

In the future it should be said over and over again "Allegiance to purely Lebanese interests and the welfare of its people and not regional religious membership" is essential...

Thumb slash 10 March 2013, 14:24

It might be the best choice for these elections but i hope that another law will be studied for the next ones where sectarian affiliations wont be taken into consideration and where an mp is an mp to all lebanese and not only for his sect as the constitution says !

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