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Geagea says Cabinet's electoral law benefits March 8

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during a ceremony in Byblos, Lebanon, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Monday that the draft electoral law approved by Cabinet skews the electorate landscape to the benefit of the March 8 coalition and said that it fails to rectify issues concerning the political representation of Christians.

"Drafting the law was an attempt to gerrymander the districts in favor of the March 8 side more than it was an attempt to correct representation," Geagea said in a televised news conference in Meerab, north Lebanon.

"It is certainly better than the 1960s law but it does not correct representation," he added.

Geagea also spoke about another draft law currently under study by a committee formed by Bkirki, saying that his party would discuss the Cabinet’s draft law based on Bkirki's vision.

He added that Bkirki believes Lebanon should be divided into 61 districts.

The Cabinet approved a draft law Tuesday that is based on proportional representation and divides Lebanon into 13 electoral districts. Jumblatt and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri voiced rejection of the proposal.

The electoral districts were divided as follows: two for Beirut, two for south Lebanon, three for the Bekaa, three for north Lebanon and three for Mount Lebanon.

“At the end of the day," said Geagea, "if we have to choose between going back to the 1960s law or discussing a new law in Parliament, we would choose the latter option.”

 

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