Reports: Jumblat Bloc to Submit Candidacy Requests Tuesday

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and the members of his National Struggle Front parliamentary bloc will submit their candidacies for the parliamentary elections to the interior ministry on Tuesday, according to media reports.

MTV quoted PSP's secretary general Zafer Nasser as saying that “the party's MPs will file their nominations after the (Easter) holiday to reject the postponement of elections and the extension of parliament's mandate.”

According to information obtained by LBCI television, Jumblat and the five members of his bloc, as well as other candidates, have signed their candidacy requests and prepared all the necessary documents in order to file the nominations before the constitutional deadline – April 9.

“They will likely file the requests on Tuesday,” LBCI's report said.

The TV network quoted PSP sources as saying that the move aims to underline the party's insistence on holding the elections on time and according to the 1960 law.

According to the sources, the step will also reflect that the 1960 law is still in force and that it is “constitutional and legal,” adding that the move would support and complement President Michel Suleiman's stance and his demand that the electoral supervisory committee be formed as well as his rejection of a possible delay of elections and extension of parliament's mandate.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has said that he would suggest a technical postponement of the parliamentary elections for three months amid a deadlock on the new cabinet and the vote law.

In remarks to al-Liwaa daily published on Saturday, Charbel said his proposal “would give the consultations aimed at reaching consensus on the electoral law and the government” more time.

He said that the caretaker cabinet can supervise the elections if the rival parties were able to agree on a vote law before June 20 when the term of the legislature expires.

But under such a circumstance, the elections that are set to be held on June 9 will have to be postponed.

“I think that agreement should first be reached on the electoral draft-law and then set the date for the elections,” Charbel told al-Liwaa. “Then they could strike a deal on the government so that we don't fall into a vacuum.”

The rival parties have so far failed to agree on an electoral draft-law. The resignation of Prime Minister Najib Miqati complicated the crisis after signs began appearing that the Hizbullah led March 8 forces are seeking a national salvation cabinet while the March 14 opposition alliance wants a neutral government.

Miqati's resignation came last week over the rejection of Hizbullah and its allies a proposal to extend the tenure of Internal security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi and form the authority that would supervise the elections over fears that the polls would be held based on the 1960 law which they totally reject.

Several proposals have been made but the conditions set by each party have prevented a deal on the vote law.

Comments 9
Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 31 March 2013, 22:47

bravo ya walid beik make them boil, like usual

Missing bombtheproblem 01 April 2013, 00:11

I have nothing but respect for Jumblatt He may have flip-flopped a lot but that's only because Nasrallah and Assad were threatening him and the Chouf. The 1960 law, while not perfect, is a thousand times better than the Orthodox law.

If you support the Orthodox law, you are indubitably stupid.

Thumb ziziyeklak 01 April 2013, 00:22

Why The 1960 law, is a thousand times better than the Orthodox law??
someone explains to me , WHY???

ya black - ya white that stupid!
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Missing beirutbastard00 01 April 2013, 08:57

The orthodox law is a step backwards. We need the Lebanese to participate in Lebanon as a whole, not just the parts their sect belongs to. If anything, we should be forced to only vote for a candidate from a different religion!

Second. This law takes away from the durzi voice in Lebanon. That will not be allowed to happen no matter what... Just like u can't take away from any other sect. The Shia actually deserve more to be honest. Maybe they'll trade their weapons for it?

As bad as the 1960 law is, at least we know the balance of power it produces. Until they come up a system that incorporates all Lebanese in a rightful way, we're stuck with the 1960law.

Missing gabby14 01 April 2013, 02:10

Jumblatt will run on the M14 ticket this time. ASSad in dead one way or the other.

Missing beirutbastard00 01 April 2013, 09:00

Lol good luck with that @karim

Missing beirutbastard00 01 April 2013, 09:05

I know one thing... They're all garbage! Even the ones that don't belong to any 7izib, anyone in Lebanese politics is a dirty, greedy, corrupt excuse for a human being.

The elections will not be held until one side, or the other, tilts the scales in the war in Syria. Then we'll know who our leaders are. I got my money on the m14 guys.

Missing thatisit 01 April 2013, 12:32

the era of junblat is up your ....
take it easy

Default-user-icon Chouchti Mdawayi (Guest) 02 April 2013, 04:59

And the same butt-holes will re-elect this low life piece of garbage who is playing yoyo with almost everybody, i.e. the other low life politicians of the likes of Geagea, Gemayel and the nobodies who call themselves the General Secretariat of March Mrettin.