BEIRUT: The Free Patriotic Movement is still waiting for a response to its proposal to elect a president with a popular vote said former Minister Salim Jreissati Tuesday.
“We reiterate that we [FPM] are still waiting for logical and objective responses to the proposed constitutional amendment,” said Jreissati following a FPM weekly meeting.
The former minister reiterated the party’s rejection of a parliamentary extension, stressing that their opposition was a “fixed” stance.
“It has been said that this suggestion would be destructive,” said Jreissati, adding that other responses have deemed the idea as “heretical and unconstitutional.”
In contrast, the former minister claimed that the proposal was a “rescue initiative.”
Ten MPs from Michel Aoun's Reform and Change bloc submitted a draft proposal to amend the Constitution to allow the president to be elected via a popular vote.
Aoun suggested that Christians could vote in a first round, with the top two candidates then facing a vote by the general public.
The presidency, which has been vacant since former President Michel Sleiman's term ended May 25, is reserved for a Maronite Christian under the National Pact of 1943 that governs Lebanon's political power-sharing.
Jreissati said that the meeting covered ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s response to Lebanese requests issued to the court over Israeli attacks on Gaza and the assault on Christians in Mosul.
Bensouda said that she was working on both dossiers after receiving a memo from Lebanon, and urged the government to provide her with more information that may help with the investigation over the situation in Mosul, he said.
Jreissati recalled Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil’s call for a swift response to the prosecutor’s request, saying that the foreign minister had already issued memos to local and international security agencies prompting them to deliver the names of terrorists who might be linked to the above mentioned dossiers.