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Aoun says he backed 1960 poll rules as one-time law

FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun said Tuesday that he agreed to the 1960 electoral law as a “one-time law” and accused the opposition of treating the election law like a bargaining chip for other gains.

“There are some who are saying that I called for the 1960 law: Yes, I voiced my support for the 1960 law in Doha but only as a one-time law,” Aoun said in reference to the Doha Agreement in 2008.

Speaking following the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting at his residence in Rabiyeh, Aoun said participants in the Bkirki meeting agreed only on the Orthodox Gathering’s proposal and a small-districts plan was not mentioned in the talks.

Aoun also accused the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb Party of bargaining with Christians’ rights by trading electoral laws with their allies in the March 14 coalition.

“The responsibility today lies on the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb Party because they are trading with the Christians’ rights in the country,” Aoun said. “The Future Movement was the first political party to reject the Orthodox Gathering proposal.”

The Orthodox Gathering’s proposal would allow every sect to elect its own MPs in one nationwide district.

Responding to a reporter’s question on recent reports of Hezbollah’s alleged involvement in the assassination of MP Gebran Tueni, Aoun said he would condemn Hezbollah if the judiciary convicts party members for the act.

“This is what we are hearing in the media, and when this issue is approved by the judiciary, we will approve it as we approved the case of former minister Michel Samaha,” Aoun said. “Media speaks without any responsibility; let’s leave the judiciary alone to handle security issues.”

The FPM leader also said that investigations have not yet determine whether the firing of bullets at his vehicle in Sidon last month was an assassination attempt.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 10, 2012, on page 3.




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