Jumblat Calls for Granting Centrists Greater Power in Cabinet: No Party Should Overpower Other

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed on Monday the need to form a new government in Lebanon that “can help restore the role of constitutional institutions in Lebanon.”

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “No party should overpower the other in a new cabinet.”

He also demanded that centrists be granted greater power in the new government.

Moreover, he remarked that the dispute over the parliamentary electoral law has helped return the rival Lebanese factions to dialogue, noting: “The debate succeeded in bringing them together after they failed to do so for the sake of civil peace.”

“There can be no substitute for dialogue among the Lebanese to tackle contentious issues, such as the resistance's possession of arms,” continued the MP.

Jumblat remarked that the use of these arms or those of any other faction “will only serve as an impossible adventure that had failed in the past.”

“We therefore believe that political disputes, no matter how complicated they are, should be strictly tackled through dialogue and understanding away from the mentality of eliminating or isolating the other,” he said.

“We should all restore the role of state institutions through forming a government of national unity or national interests,” he stated.

The new cabinet should take “bold and radical” steps in tackling the economic and social suffering in Lebanon, stressed Jumblat.

On the parliamentary electoral law, he said: “We have seen how some draft laws almost caused Lebanon and the Taef Accord's fragmentation. It is as if some sides did not derive lessons from the wars of the past.”

“The political class should realize the importance of stability and end the charade over the electoral law and reach an agreement over a draft law within an acceptable time period, which will help tackle the people's concerns and avert leading Lebanon towards the Syrian crisis,” he urged.

Comments 6
Thumb primesuspect 20 May 2013, 15:24

M8/14 should pull out of the interim gobierno. Let Salam do Wat he needs to do till elections are held.
Jumblatt, Aoun, Geagea and everyone whom played a role in the civil war should have the decency of leaving politics for the clean people.

Missing moonsear 20 May 2013, 16:13

he is funny. I think he should start a one man show

Default-user-icon simon (Guest) 20 May 2013, 16:44

It is time for him to retire....

Thumb LebDinosaur 20 May 2013, 18:31

How can we get rid of all the dinosaur politicians in Lebanon?

Missing peace 20 May 2013, 19:45

i don t understand the point of elections in lebanon if every time everyone needs to have its share of the power.... just make a gvt where you d have 100 ministers each representing a minority!

Missing helicopter 21 May 2013, 04:14

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “No party should overpower the other in a new cabinet..............
Wrong Mr. Jumblat. We need a technocrat Government that overpowers all parties and renders you thug warlords less influential.