BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri proposed Friday an electoral draft law that he said addressed the concerns of Christian and Muslims alike for the parliamentary elections scheduled in June.
His remarks came during an interview with LBCI.
Here are the four main points of Hariri’s proposal
- Holding the parliamentary elections on time on the basis of small districts law that secures fair representation for all regions, categories and spiritual groups.
- Establishing a Senate representing all religions and sects in Lebanon as stipulated by the Taef Accord. This would take place after amending the Constitution to suspend the condition of abolishing political sectarianism for a limited period of time that will be agreed on. The spiritual families will have, through this senate, a fundamental constitutional task related to the protection of Lebanon’s identity, its role, its message and its coexistence, and the right to veto all decisions that contradict these concepts. This could be achieved upon agreement.
- Addressing the chronic complaints in all Lebanese regions and groups which are related to the developmental and administrative obstacles, by immediately adopting the provisions of the Taef Accord regarding the expanded administrative decentralization.
- Securing the Constitutional guarantee to the unanimity carried by the Baabda declaration which stipulated “keeping Lebanon away from the policy of axes and regional and international struggles, as well as sparing him all negative repercussions of regional tensions and crises for the sake of Lebanon’s highest interest, its national unity and its civil peace, except what concerns its commitment to the international resolutions, Arab consensus and the rightful Palestinian cause, including the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their land and not to settle them”. This constitutional guarantee consists in making the “Baabda declaration” an inseparable part of the preamble of the Constitution, in a way that asserts what was included in the declaration regarding “enhancing State institutions, encouraging the culture of resorting to the law and legal institutions to solve any dispute or urgent problem.”
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