BEIRUT: Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan called Monday for changing the Lebanese presidential election system to allow the Lebanese people to vote for the head of state, just like in Syria.
“The presidential crisis is a major insult to the Lebanese nation,” Arslan, a prominent pro-Assad figure, said during a press conference. “The only way to save the nation and restore respect to the presidency is by holding the election directly by the people."
Arslan said that the Syrian presidential election should be a role model for Lebanon.
“The Lebanese should draw a lesson from the participation of Syrian brothers on Lebanese territories in the election of the Syrian president while the Lebanese in Lebanon do not take part in electing their president,” Arslan said.
Crowds of Syrian expats in Lebanon voted in the Syrian presidential election at their country’s embassy in Yarze last month, provoking criticism from anti-Assad Lebanese sides.
Arslan hailed the re-election of Syrian President Bashar Assad and said “the Syrian community achieved a historic uprising by expressing its free and sovereign opinion through the massive turnout for the election ignoring terrorist threats.”