Gemayel gestures the Kataeb Party symbol during Sunday’s rally. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Kataeb Party leader Sami Gemayel expressed his frustration at the current constitutional formula Sunday, and called for the transformation of Lebanon into a federal state.Gemayel said the pre-Civil War Constitution and the Taif Accord, which ended the 1975-1990 Civil War, have worsened the situation instead of making it better, and contended that they have strengthened sectarianism instead of citizenship, extremism instead of moderation, and fear instead of trust. In the speech, Gemayel advocated a federalist system, and said it was time the country developed its political system to create a better life for its citizens.Gemayel is not the first prominent Lebanese Christian politician to call for a federal state.In a recent interview, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said federalism could provide a solution to Lebanon's political and sectarian upheaval. Gemayel also spoke about the concerns of the region's Christians and their continued presence in the Levant and Lebanon, but said the regional crisis was affecting everyone.
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