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Sayyed calls on Lebanon to be a federal state

Jamil Sayyed speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Former General Security head Jamil al-Sayyed is calling on Lebanon to become a federal state.

“The current crises taking place in Lebanon – the last of which is failure to elect a new president after failing to form a government for nearly a year without foreign intervention, and after the sectarian power struggle and power-sharing struggle around various areas in the state – prove that the Constitution of Taif, which was implemented during the Syrian presence [in Lebanon ] between 1990- 2005, is non-applicable unless there is a guardianship or external or regional consensus,” Sayyed said in a statement.

"Whether we like it or not ... we must recognize that state institutions and [political] officials did exist during the Syrian presence,” he added.

However, after the end of the Syrian tutelage in 2005, Lebanon “practically turned into a federal, sectarian state built on corruption and division on the one hand, while claiming purity and unity on the other.”

Sayyed accused political leaders of using a policy to divide Lebanese in order to have control over them.

“Since it is impossible to unite the Lebanese over a revolution or a coup against this rotten political system ... maybe it is time to stop this farce ... and call for the amendment of the Constitution to turn Lebanon formally to a federal state,” he suggested.

Sayyed believes a federal state is likely to “create a positive and healthy competition within each sect.”





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