Franjieh supports Orthodox proposal on electoral law


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 all sects and provides a real equality between Muslims and Christians.”

He also said that the aforementioned proposal “must be further discussed on the political level to avoid any repercussions on the coexistence and civil peace.”

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai on Friday chaired a meeting between leading Maronite politicians in the country to discuss several issues, including the drafting of an electoral law ahead of the 2013 parliamentary elections.

The Orthodox proposal on the electoral law states that citizens should vote for candidates of their own sects.

Lebanese parties are debating a new electoral law for the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections. After the parliament agreed on drafting a law based on proportional representation, some parties rejected the draft law and called for renewing the 2009 electoral law, which is based on simple majority representation.

-NOW Lebanon