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Aoun in Jbeil: voting for March 14 fatal choice

Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: An electoral victory by the March 14 coalition would be fatal for the country, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun said during his second day in Jbeil, adding that their government would be worse than the Syrian tutelage over Lebanon.

"If they [March 14] reach government, that will be a fatal choice because they are carrying out a gradual coup that is more dangerous that the time of the Syrian tutelage,” Aoun told crowds in the town of Ehmej, Jbeil, north of Beirut.

He also criticized his rivals' draft election law based on a winner-takes-all system, describing it as means to further divide the country.

"I support proportional representation even if it makes us lose four parliamentarians. We are looking for the correct representation,” he said.

Aoun’s MPs have proposed a draft election bill that would allow each sect to vote for their own representatives based on a system of proportional representation.

One stop on the FPM leader’s visit to Jbeil, part of ongoing preparations for the approaching 2013 parliamentary elections, is the village of Mayfouq, whose residents have opposed Aoun’s visit.

Mayfouq residents, who mostly support the Lebanese Forces, oppose Aoun’s visit to the tombs of the “Lebanese Resistance Martyrs,” and held a sit-in at the town’s church in protest of the former Army general’s visit.

Aoun began his visit to Jbeil Saturday, touring the village of Beer al-Heet, Qartaba and Aqoura.

The FPM leader said Sunday that reform was necessary in government to change his rivals' previous financial policies, and said his alliance with Hezbollah has resulted in stability.

He also spoke about the crisis in Syria, warning against extremist groups in Lebanon.

"We fear the fall of Syria because in that case, extremism would be strengthened, especially as it has infiltrated north Lebanon,” Aoun said.





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