Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
01:51 AM Beirut time
22 °C
Blom Index
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Mikati voices own reservations on Orthodox plan
Journalist Marcel Ghanem, right, interviews Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 29, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Journalist Marcel Ghanem, right, interviews Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 29, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
A+ A-

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced in remarks published Wednesday concerns that the Orthodox electoral proposal would eliminate equal power sharing between Muslims and Christians in the country and open the way for a tripartite system.

“The Orthodox [Gathering] law might pave way for some parties to call for a tripartite system in the future, which could negatively affect Christians,” Mikati, who spoke to An-Nahar newspaper, said.

The Orthodox Gathering proposal, which has been backed by Lebanon’s rival Christian parties, advocates that each sect elects its own lawmakers. It is based on a system of proportional representation with Lebanon as one electoral district.

The prime minister said such a formula would damage Muslim-Christian partnership in the country.

Mikati, whose government has endorsed an electoral draft law based on proportional representation with Lebanon divided into 13 electoral districts, said that lawmakers should agree on a law that guarantees fair representation for all Lebanese sects and factions.

His comments came a day after President Michel Sleiman said the Orthodox proposal violates the country’s Constitution.

Deputy Parliament Speaker MP Farid Makari, who also spoke to An-Nahar, criticized the Orthodox proposal put forward by the Maronite Church, describing it as unconstitutional.

“Besides being unconstitutional and illegal, the Orthodox law tears apart the social fabric of the Lebanese people,” Makari said.

He also argued that consensus by the major Christian parties on the Orthodox law did not mean all Christians agreed to it.

“Everyone knows that the majority of Christians are independents and cannot be limited to four parties,” Makari said.

The parties backing the law are the Lebanese Forces, Kataeb Party, Free Patriotic Movement and Marada movement. Agreement on the law came during a meeting chaired by Cardinal Beshara Rai at Bkirki Sunday.

The proposal has also faced severe criticism from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and MP Walid Jumblatt’s Progressive Socialist Party.

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
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
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