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PSP consulting March 14, March 8 on elections draft law

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt attends a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 1, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Progressive Socialist Party is in contact with political parties from both the March 8 and March 14 coalitions and discussing the issue of the draft electoral law for the 2013 polls, the party’s general-secretary said Saturday.

“We are open to all parties ... We are holding meetings and maintaining political contacts with the Future Movement, the Lebanese Forces and the March 8 coalition to discuss the draft law for the 2013 parliamentary elections,” Zafer Naser told The Daily Star.

The PSP official, however, said it was still too early to talk about electoral alliances.

“Once we agree on the electoral law to be adopted in the upcoming polls, we will be in a better position to decide which parties we wish to ally in the elections,” he added.

Naser also confirmed reports in local media quoting PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt as saying that he was holding low-level meetings with the LF in order not to provoke the March 8 coalition into thinking an electoral alliance with the March 14 party was in the offing.

“It is true, we seek to maintain good contacts with all parties and we don’t want to give the March 8 forces the impression that we are isolating them from a possible electoral alliance,” said Naser.

The PSP official reiterated his party’s refusal to the three suggested electoral drafts laws.

“If no agreement over a new electoral law is reached, we have the current 1960 law,” he said.

“What really matters the most is for the elections to be held on time,” he added.

Lebanon’s politicians are currently debating on what electoral law to be adopt for the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2013.





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