Minority sects demand greater representation in Parliament

Van Meguerditchian The Daily Star 15/2/13 BEIRUT: Lebanon’s minority Christian sects demanded greater representation in  Parliament Thursday and called on lawmakers to add two more seats for the group  in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Following a meeting at the Chaldean Archdiocese in Baabda, Chaldean Bishop Michel Kassarji  said that religious figures of  all six minority sects had agreed to ...

Sami Gemayel: We Fully Back the Orthodox Gathering Draft Proposal

Naharnet Newsdesk - 12/1/13 Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel restated his party's rejection of the 1960 electoral law, and reiterated approval of the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft law proposal, An Nahar daily said Saturday. “We fully back the Orthodox Gathering draft proposal,” said Gemayel. “The Christians have been marginalized for almost 23 years but no one voiced any ...

Christian rivals scrap Orthodox plan

By Wassim Mroueh The Daily Star 12/1/13 BEIRUT: Following a surprise meeting chaired by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Rai  Friday, rival Christian leaders  called for adopting an electoral law that provides fair representation for all  sects, in an apparent retreat from agreeing to the controversial Orthodox  electoral proposal. “It was agreed and stressed that it is necessary to adopt ...

Orthodox plan heats up electoral law debate

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By Hussein Dakroub The Daily Star 10/1/13 BEIRUT: Lawmakers from the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance and the rival March 14 coalition will resume their discussions on a new electoral law Wednesday after a day of deliberations held in a positive atmosphere. However, the rival MPs, part of a parliamentary subcommittee exploring a new election law for this ...

More Orthodox churches to be built in “Big Moscow”

  8/11/2012 Some 200 Orthodox churches will be soon constructed both in Moscow and new territories adjacent to the city under the Big Moscow expansion plan, Russia’s Duma MP and Patriarch adviser Vladimir Resin told reporters Thursday. The official said that now 37 churches are under construction in Moscow and the government has allocated 81 plots of land ...

Amal MP: Berri to approve of ‘any’ electoral law Christians agree on

28/9/2012 Development and Liberation bloc MP Michel Moussa said on Thursday that Speaker Nabih Berri will approve of any electoral law that the Lebanese Christian parties agree on. “Berri will support any law that Christian parties agree on even if they agree on the Orthodox proposal,” Moussa told MTV. He added that it was “important to agree on ...

Berri wants Christian unity on electoral law

The Daily Star 21/9/2012 BEIRUT: If Christian parties adopt the Orthodox Gathering’s electoral proposal Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will most likely accept it, Tyre MP Ali Khreis said Thursday. In an interview with the Voice of Lebanon radio station, Khreis, a member of Berri’s parliamentary bloc, said that the speaker was very much concerned that a new ...

Syria lost 50 thsd Christians – State Duma MP

Moscow, July 5, Interfax - About 50 thousand Christians have been killed or exiled from the country - such figures were unofficially voiced by a diplomat returned from Syria, the chairman of State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Vladimir Pligin said. "I haven't managed to check the figure," Pligin said at a meeting ...

Ethnic Albanians demand removal of church

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TANJUG 16/3/2012 PODGORICA -- An ethnic Albanian MP in the Montenegrin parliament on Thursday again demanded for an Orthodox church to be removed from Mt. Rumija, near the town of Bar. Mehmet Bardhi of the Democratic Alliance of Albanians in Montenegro stated during a parliament session today that the church was "constructed violently" in 2005. The church, made of ...

METROPOLITAN VOLODYMYR ASSURES THAT HE GOVERNS THE CHURCH

4/3/2012 Ukrainian Orthodox Church In an interview to Radio Freedom, Metropolitan Volodymyr, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), said that he governs the church according to the established rules. “It is being governed by the ruling bishop, the Primate, that is by me,” said the metropolitan. He also stressed that he governs the Kyivan Eparchy. ...

Hungarian Parliament adds eighteen religious orders to list of officially recognized churches; 66 rejected

BY MTI 28/2/2012 Hungarian parliament expanded the number of recognised churches from an initial 14 to 32 on Monday. The related amendment to the law on the legal status of churches, denominations and religious communities was approved by the deputies of the ruling majority, in the absence of opposition MPs. The 18 religious communities added to the original list ...

Katatni: Egyptian Families Displacement Unacceptable

15/2/2012 He was commenting on urgent statements made by MP Emad Gad, in which he said that certain Coptic families were removed from the Nahda village in Alexandria on the background of an illicit relationship between a young Christian tailor and a Muslim woman. Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, Speaker of the Egyptian People's Assembly, stressed that displacement ...

Maronite agreement on election law draws fire

By Hussein Dakroub The Daily Star 19/12/2011 BEIRUT: A radically new election law endorsed by Maronite leaders that would allow each sect to choose its own representatives during the 2013 parliamentary elections has come under fire from officials across the political divide, with some warning that it would deepen sectarianism in the country. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said ...

Succariyeh: Orthodox Plan drives Lebanon ‘to its end’

18/12/2011 Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Walid Succariyeh said that the Orthodox plan for a new electoral law implies the “end of Lebanon.” In an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyassah, Succariyeh said that the Orthodox plan “will drive Lebanon into a sectarian federal system and this will cause schisms within Lebanese society [and create allegiances ...

Maronite leaders approve Orthodox draft electoral law

The Daily Star 16/12/2011 BKIRKI/BEIRUT: Maronite leaders agreed Friday to support the Orthodox Gathering’s draft electoral law, and designated a committee to discuss the proposed law with Lebanese officials. A gathering of the leaders “agreed to designate [its] committee to begin negotiations with all parties over the Orthodox Gathering's proposal, which the attendees consider a valid formula to ...

Franjieh supports Orthodox proposal on electoral law

16/12/2011 Marada Movement leader MP Sleiman Franjieh said on Friday during the Christian leadership meeting in Bkirki that he supports in principle the Orthodox proposal on the electoral law. A statement issued by Franjieh’s office quoted him as saying that “the Orthodox proposal not only guarantees the rights of Christians, but guarantees as well the rights of ...

ROC MP Vicar Bishop of Vladivostok Diocese admits failure of mission to N. Korean migrant workers

English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas 12-9-2011 In an interview with "Our Kamchatka", the local diocesan publication, Bishop Innocent (Yerokhin) of Usuri, vicar of ROC MP's Vladivostok diocese talked about the specifics and results of the mission to North Koreans -- reports the correspondent of "Portal-Credo.Ru" . According to Bishop Innokenty, "North Koreans coming to work ...

Orthodox Gathering sets up committee for Expats

The Daily Star 10/11/2011 BEIRUT: The Orthodox Gathering established a new committee Wednesday to follow up on the community’s affairs in different countries around the world. The gathering, a group of businessmen, politicians and Greek Orthodox clerics, was formed earlier this year in protest against what they called the marginalization of the Greek Orthodox sect in Lebanon. “We are ...

Christian leaders fail to agree on Electoral Reform

By Patrick Galey The Daily Star 24/9/2011 BKIRKI, Lebanon: Christian leaders failed to agree upon proposed changes to the parliamentary electoral law Friday, as divisive remarks made by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai concerning Hezbollah and Syria were briefly discussed. The meeting at Rai’s seat in Bkirki brought together Christian representatives from across the political divide and, in spite of ...

Serbian MP accuses Serbia of destabilizing Region

24.08.2011 NOVI SAD -- Independent MP Vesna Pešić has stated that Serbia keeps destabilizing the region by maintaining “broken Bosnia”. Pešić, who was elected to parliament on the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) ticket, said that Serbia was trying to keep hopes up in Montenegro that the country would return under Serbia’s wing. She told the Autonomija news outlet that ...

Legal status of Armenian Church in Georgia will secure religious heritage – MP

2/7/2011 YEREVAN. - The fact that Georgian Parliament amended the Civil code, granting 5 religions denominations, Armenian Apostolic Church among them, status of legal entity of public law will greatly contribute to preservation of Armenian religious heritage in Georgia, ruling Armenian Republican Party MP Shirak Torosyan told Armenian News-NEWS.am. He stressed that this decision will ...