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Gemayel: Church should support March 14 electoral draft law

Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: The Maronite Church must bless the draft electoral law submitted by the March 14 Christian parties, Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel said.

“The draft law the March 14 Christian parties submitted is the closest to what was agreed upon in Bkirki, therefore the church must bless this law,” said Gemayel in an interview published Friday in Al-Joumhouria daily.

Gemayel also criticized Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun’s position on the electoral law.

“Aoun first approved a Cabinet draft electoral law based on proportionality, and then two of the FPM lawmakers submitted another draft law to the parliament,” Gemayel said. “This shows he must be really confused,” he added.

The Kataeb Leader asserted that the draft law, based on small constituencies, achieves partnership among all sects.

“The draft law doesn’t aim at embarrassing any party or leader, not Aoun or any other, however it aims at enhancing the democratic path,” said Gemayel.

The March 14 coalition forwarded an electoral draft law to Parliament’s General Secretariat earlier this week.

The proposal divides Lebanon into 50 small-sized constituencies based on a winner-takes-all system.

Last month, the cabinet approved an electoral law based on proportionality and 13 electoral districts for the 2013 parliamentary elections. It seeks to replace the 1960 electoral law, which was based on simple majority representation.

Meanwhile, two of the Change and Reform bloc MPs proposed a draft electoral law based on proportional representation and one electoral district, which requires Lebanese citizens to vote only for MPs of their own sect.





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