Jumblat Says Won't Accept an Electoral Law that 'Divides Lebanese, Terminates Partnership'
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed Friday that he will not accept any electoral law that "divides the Lebanese."
"An electoral system that divides the Lebanese and terminates partnership and diversity cannot be accepted," Jumblat tweeted.
The PSP leader has rejected the proportional representation system, warning that it would "marginalize" his minority Druze community, whose presence is concentrated in the Aley and Chouf areas.
Hizbullah has repeatedly called for an electoral law fully based on proportional representation and a single or several large electorates.
Amid reservations over proportional representation by other parties such as al-Mustaqbal Movement, the political parties are mulling a so-called hybrid electoral law that mixes proportional representation with the winner-takes-all system.
Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has recently proposed an electoral law that mixes proportional representation with the controversial law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering.
Bassil's format calls for electing 64 MPs according to the proportional representation system and 64 others by their respective sects under a winner-takes-all system.