Future bloc rejects Orthodox, proportionlity laws

future movement logoFuture Movement parliamentary bloc renewed on Tuesday its rejection of  the  parliamentary electoral law  which is based on proportional representation and  which was approved by the cabinet and the so called  the Orthodox Gathering draft electoral law which was approved by the Maronite  Christian parties , saying  bothare bad for the country.

Following  its weekly meeting the bloc  said in a statement : “The Orthodox Gathering law  fuels sectarianism in Lebanon and transforms the people into sectarian tribes.”

The  so called Orthodox Gathering draft law calls for each sect to elect its own lawmakers.

“The bloc considers coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon as atop priority … and it therefore completely rejects discussions over any law that contradicts this coexistence and the principles of the civil state,”  the statement  added.

“The bloc rejects any law that violates the constitution,” it stressed

“The Orthodox Gathering law transforms a  lebanese lawmaker from being a representative of all the Lebanese   to one who represents  his own sect only”. The statement said

“The lawmaker is supposed to reflect the diversity of the electoral district and not its sectarian identity,” stressed the bloc.

“The Future Movement   bloc is committed to the Taef Accord as the basis for any electoral law,” it added.

“We are ready to openly discuss any draft law that would satisfy all partners in the nation ” , the statement added

Commenting on the government’s draft electoral law  which is based on proportional representation, the  bloc said that its adoption would only serve the purposes of Hezbollah due to its illegal possession of arms.

“The adoption of the proportionality electoral law at the current political moment is not a step towards reform, it rather strengthens Hezbollah’s domination and control over the Lebanese state,” the bloc said, adding “once the Lebanese people all begin to respect each other’s rights and once the threat of arms is eliminated we are willing to adopt such a law.”