Phalange Party Nominates 20 Candidates for Elections, Vows to 'Resist' 1960 Law

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The Phalange Party on Monday urged its allies to refrain from taking part in parliamentary elections under the 1960 electoral law, vowing to “resist this scheme.”

The party “is still resisting the scheme of holding the parliamentary elections under the 1960 law, because of the injustice and unfairness it contains against Christian representation and national partnership,” it said in a statement issued after its politburo's weekly meeting.

And as it hoped for “a national, parliamentary awakening that leads to a new electoral law,” the party called on state officials not to “impose de facto elections on the Lebanese people” and to “prepare the appropriate constitutional measures and the proper timeframe for holding serious elections.”

The Phalange Party announced that it will seek to “change this situation through the constitutional institutions, including the parliament, the Shoura Council and the Constitutional Council, and through resorting to the public opinion in Lebanon and abroad.”

The party called on “all allies and all political parties that are keen on national partnership to refrain from taking part in the parliamentary polls under the 1960 law which they had rejected in the past, especially that participating in the elections under this law would be against the pact of coexistence.”

“This rejection would create a new momentum to draft a fair electoral law, even if that led to delaying the elections for a short period,” it added.

The political bureau also authorized party leader Amin Gemayel to “take the appropriate decision on submitting nominations” for the parliamentary elections.

However, later on Monday, MP Sami Gemayel said the party submitted the nomination requests of 20 candidates to the interior ministry.

“Those who rejected the normal democratic course, which is to put the electoral proposals to a vote in parliament, are to blame for what's happening today,” Gemayel said in an interview on MTV.

“We accepted the bad choice … after we gave a chance for a broad boycott, as unilateral boycott is of no use,” Gemayel explained, noting that “boycott would only have a value if all the Bkirki parties decided to declare their boycott.”

And as he hoped elections will not be held on June 16, Gemayel added: “We will keep trying to topple the 1960 law until the end, but we won't be afraid to take part in the electoral law should it be imposed on us, and we hope all forces will wake up so we can avoid elections whose legitimacy is questioned.”

Earlier, the cabinet approved holding the parliamentary elections according to the 1960 electoral law on June 16.

Caretaker Information Minister Walid al-Daouq confirmed that it approved the necessary measures and a treasury loan worth L.L. 22 billion in order to hold the elections.

Comments 3
Thumb primesuspect 27 May 2013, 22:36

Do the 1960 law one last time and agree on a reform soon, not 1 month prior eleccions day.

For now, we need a technocratic government... Sallam will do a good job is allowed.

Default-user-icon Elie M (Guest) 27 May 2013, 23:49

Members of the parliament can only blame themself! They had 4 years to Develop a new consensual electoral law, but instead they waited for the last few months to do so! This is totally unacceptable and it's a shame for Lebanon. This country will never become respectable until the rule of that bunch of Corrupted traders who call themself "politicians" is ended, and all of them judged and severely punished.

Default-user-icon Marc Y (Guest) 28 May 2013, 08:40

they have been discussing a new election law for the past 4 years with no success! what makes you think that in the next 4 years things will change? I don't blame them, I blame the idiots who vote for them!! How about the lebanese living abroad? again, they are all scared of their votes so they don't let them vote. what a sharade!! why don't they make a referendum and let the people choose a new law? or decide on all illegal weapons in lebanon?