Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
06:32 PM Beirut time
23 °C
Blom Index
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Berri says holds onto own hybrid electoral proposal
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)
A+ A-

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri said in remarks published Wednesday he would hold onto his bloc’s hybrid electoral proposal that divides Parliament into lawmakers voted through proportional representation and a winner-takes-all system.

“I am holding onto the hybrid law formula that allows the election of 64 lawmakers based on a proportional system with the other 64 voted in on the basis of a winner-takes-all-system,” Berri, who spoke to AS-Safir newspaper, said.

A parliamentary subcommittee, of both March 8 and March 14 lawmakers, is discussing different formulas of the hybrid law that joins both proportional representation and winner-takes-all systems.

MP Ali Bazzi, from Berri's Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc, has suggested an equal distribution of seats between the two systems, while Future MP Ahmad Fatfat, which put forward its hybrid formula Tuesday, said his party’s version would see 70 percent of Parliament’s seats filled via a winner-takes-all system, with the rest through proportional representation.

MP Akram Shehayeb, from the Progressive Socialist Party, has put forward a similar formula to that of the Future Movement. However, the two parties differ in terms of the distribution of districts.

The nine-member parliamentary subcommittee is set to resume meetings later Tuesday to carry on its discussions over the hybrid law.

In his comments to As-Safir, Berri warned that if the subcommittee failed to agree on his party’s proposal within its mandated period, the only alternative would be to return to the Orthodox Gathering proposal.

“If the subcommittee fails to agree on the [equal sharing] proposal, we will have to go back to the Orthodox proposal that gained the support of the majority of political powers,” said Berri.

The Orthodox Gathering law, which projects Lebanon as a single district where each sect elects its members of parliament under a proportional representation system, has gained a rare consensus among Christian political parties.

The proposal has the supported of Hezbollah in what it claims is a bid to please its Christian allies.

However the Orthodox Gathering law has met opposition from the president, prime minister, Future Movement, PSP and independent Christian MPs.

Lebanon’s parliamentary elections are due to be held in early June.

Home Lebanon News

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Baabda 2014
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
View all view all
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Click to View Articles
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS