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Take Aoun's latest proposal for a presidential election.Then the top two candidates would go on to a second round, where all Lebanese – Christians, Muslims and others – would choose a president.At the same time, Aoun again declared his support for the so-called Orthodox proposal, in which each religious sect would elect only its own parliamentarians. When it comes to the presidency, Aoun is willing to give the clear Muslim majority in Lebanon the power to bring in a Maronite president, in that way bypassing Parliament, where Christians and Muslims are represented equally. But when it comes to parliamentary elections, Aoun intends to neutralize the Muslim majority that he will otherwise empower on the presidency.Of course, Aoun would argue that the key lies in the two-stage presidential process, which presumably gives Christians the right to filter their two leading candidates in the first round.Far more significant is that Aoun opens the door to the principle of allowing Lebanon's Muslim majority to effectively use its numbers to determine political outcomes.
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