BEIRUT: The National Bloc Thursday slammed the Orthodox Gathering’s election law proposal as “Zionist” and said officials were planning to endorse legislation based on the needs of “six individuals at the expense of 4 million Lebanese.”
Following a meeting of the group’s executive committee, the party issued a statement in which it said a hybrid election law proposal – with a number of MPs elected through proportional representation, and the rest through the winner-takes-all system – was aimed at “satisfying the lords of the Lebanese political arena.”
The bloc said the latest “heresy of the political game in Lebanon is an election law that is designed to fit six individuals at the expense of 4 million Lebanese.”
As for the Orthodox Gathering proposal, which has been approved by Parliament’s Joint Committees, the party called it a “Zionist” plan that would divide Lebanon and the Middle East into sectarian statelets.”
The Orthodox Gathering plan would see each sect elect its own MPs. The bloc reiterated its support for its preferred election districting plan, based on single-member districts.