Suleiman, Miqati Support Charbel’s Proposal on Electoral Law

President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati have voiced their support for Interior Minister Marwan Charbel’s proposal on the parliamentary electoral law, the minister told An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday.

Charbel made his statements after holding talks on Saturday afternoon with the president and premier on the various proposals on the electoral law.

The meeting was also attended by former ministers Ziad Baroud and Khalil al-Hrawi.

Charbel had proposed that an electoral law based on proportional representation be adopted in the 2013 parliamentary polls.

“We discussed at the meeting the political circumstances that have accompanied this proposal,” he added.

“Several citizens have voiced their support for proportional representation,” he revealed.

He stated that the proposal will be presented at cabinet “as soon as possible, maybe even in a session after the one that is scheduled for Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, a prominent March 14 parliamentary source told the daily that the government discussions on the electoral law “mean nothing as long as illegitimate arms are still spread in Lebanon.”

“Government will not achieve any progress over the electoral law, but the issue will be resolved at parliament,” he stressed.

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