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Aoun slams Jumblatt over rejection of Orthodox proposal

  • FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul)

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun slammed Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt over the latter’s rejection of the Orthodox Gathering electoral proposal during an interview Saturday evening.

“The electoral law we proposed secure the rights of all parties, as stipulates the constitution, and no one has the right to voice concern over it,” said Aoun, who spoke to the Iranian Al-Alam television station, in reference to the PSP leader.

Under the draft law, put forward by the Maronite church, every sect would elect their own MPs under a system of proportional representation with Lebanon as a single district.

An agreement over the proposal was reached among the country’s four major rival Christian parties in, but was strongly opposed by Jumblatt’s PSP, President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and independent Christian figures.

Aoun also described Jumblatt as “the leader of isolationists” in the country, in response to previous comments by Jumblatt in which he said the Orthodox proposal is “an unprecedented campaign of isolationist overbidding.”

“If we want to talk about isolationists, we could say that Jumblatt is the leader of isolationists in Lebanon,” Aoun said.

According to the FPM leader, thousands of Christians who live in the Druze pre-dominated Chouf area could not make their votes count.

“Does Jumblatt want to deny the rights of 110,000 Christians residing in Aley and the Chouf regions?” asked Aoun.

“Why is Jumblatt afraid of granting each individual his rights?” he added.

 
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