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Hariri to announce electoral proposal in TV interview: source

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in a televised speech during the 7th anniversary of the assassination of his father Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Feb. 14, 2012. The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will announce his party’s electoral proposal during a television interview later in the week, a source from the Future Movement told The Daily Star Monday.

“Hariri will suggest [Thursday] a comprehensive solution to end the electoral crisis,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

According to the source, Hariri’s suggestion would not only addresses the electoral impasse in the country but also try to remedy Lebanon’s political crisis.

The electoral proposal would address the concerns of the Christians in the country, the source added.

The electoral proposal, to be announced by Hariri during an interview on the LBC television, will not be based on proportional representation.

Lebanon’s political rivals are still undecided on a draft electoral law for the coming parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in June.

The Future Movement has repeatedly voiced opposition to adopting proportional representation for the elections and back a winner-takes-all system.

The head of the Future bloc former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Sunday his group would put forward a comprehensive electoral proposal after the Future Movement rejected the Orthodox Gathering proposal that has been backed by the country’s Christian political parties.

The Orthodox proposal projects Lebanon as a single district where individual sects elect their representatives in Parliament under a system of proportional representation.

Hariri’s last television interview was on Feb. 13, 2012, on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

During the interview with Future TV, Saad Hariri said the collapse of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was inevitable and that his departure would give the Lebanese an opportunity to build their own state free from pressure from its neighbor.

Hariri also said the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon would continue its work and called on the four Hezbollah members indicted in the case to turn themselves over to the international court.





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