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.”