Aoun from Bkirki: Parliament Vote on Electoral Proposals Only Alternative to 1960 Law

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Sunday noted that the only alternative to the 1960 electoral law is a vote in parliament on the draft electoral proposals.

“We put the patriarch in the picture of important developments regarding the ongoing dispute over the electoral law,” Aoun said after meeting Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki.

“We are before three solutions: the 1960 law, extension and the disaster of political vacuum,” Aoun noted.

But he added that "we can rescue the situation by voting on the electoral laws, as we're not obliged to accept the 1960 law, extension or vacuum."

Slamming those voicing stances against the 1960 electoral law, Aoun said: "Those launching theories do not have a solution, although they're claiming to be against the 1960 law."

"All laws must be put to a vote and those criticizing the 1960 law must give us an alternative," Aoun added.

Speaker Nabih Berri could call for a parliamentary session next week to vote on the extension of the legislature's mandate, parliamentary sources said Saturday.

The sources told several local dailies that the session would likely be held on Thursday, before the end of the ordinary session on May 31.

Parliament convenes twice a year in two ordinary sessions -- the first starts mid-march until the end of May and the second from the middle of October through the end of December.

Thursday's session will include discussions on the annulment of an article in the 1960 law that is linked to the participation of expatriates in the elections.

The session could witness a vote on a short extension of parliament's four-year mandate, which expires on June 20, to pave way for holding the polls by July 7, two days before the holy month of Ramadan.

The rival parties have failed to agree on a new electoral law despite the rejection of the majority of them of the 1960 law that was used in the 2009 polls.

But most parties have filed their candidacies under the 1960 law.

Comments 4
Thumb benzona 26 May 2013, 21:31

Where did my post go!? I dunno!

I was saying الله يلعن بشار و عون mais que le ponpon revenait à Nasrallah qui fait tout en son pouvoir avec l'appui de Aoun, Frangié pour qu'il n'y ait pas de scrutin électoral cet été.
People should demonstrate in Beirut against these thugs and accomplices.

Thumb benzona 26 May 2013, 23:00

Salut coco.... Ouh là, tu viens de toucher un point sensible.... D'ailleurs, les terroristes morts en syrie sont emballés d'un bout d'etoffe jaune et vert.... Avec une jolie kalashnikov russe (Qui méprisent les musulmans tant bien au tatarstan qu'en ingouchie). Mdr!

Missing reformist 26 May 2013, 23:52

Hey ducon! Exploque moi le rapport de ta replique avec l'article! Vous serez toujours a cote d la plaque c'est l probleme de tous les M14! Vos conneries font encore davantagennotre force! Le mec te vient avec une approche pragmatique... Va voter ou propose une soluce au lieu d'insulter comme un pov chien rate... Ah mais les faifs c'est pS vot truc, mes excuses!

Missing hmorsel 27 May 2013, 00:35

when is this idiot going to kick the bucket and leave us alone.