Following the call by Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt for establishing a Senate in Lebanon, Speaker Nabih Berri proposed on Tuesday holding the elections of for the members of the parliament and the senate at the same time .
“I suggest holding the parliamentary and senate elections simultaneously even though the Taef accord calls for electing the members of the senate after the election of the first non-sectarian parliament.” Berri said in remarks published on Tuesday in As Safir newspaper
He said he would “deal with it seriously” if all factions agree to such a proposal, although parliament would lose some of its authorities, adding ” I don’t have any reservations in that regard because I don’t own the parliament.”
He proposed electing the senate based on the Orthodox Gathering proposal which envisages a single district and allows each sect to vote for its own MPs under a system of proportional representation.
But he aslo proposed electing the parliament members based on proportional representation and a single district and overall equality between Muslims and Christians but said some sects may lose some of their representatives in the parlament.
Berri said all the electoral proposals are made in Lebanon . He added: “That’s why the Lebanese have a historic opportunity to prove their capabilities.”
In his weekly article in PSP’s al Anbaa newspaper ,Jumblatt lauded Suleiman’s “progressive thinking,” for supporting civil marriage in Lebanon , hoping that this measure will mark the beginning of the process of elimination of sectarian barriers in the country .
“This will help pave the way for the implementation of the Taef Accord and the establishment of a senate in Lebanon as the proper representative for different Lebanese factions,” Jumblatt wrote
“The senate will offer an alternative to the backward thinking that was demonstrated in the so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal or various televised debates that are reminiscent of the black days of the past,” Jumblatt wrote in reference to various electoral laws that are being considered to replace the current so called 1960 law
“The senate will offer an alternative to the backward thinking that was demonstrated in the so-called Orthodox Gathering proposal or various televised debates that are reminiscent of the black days of the past,”
“Isn’t it better to bolster diversity and coexistence instead of division?” Jumblatt asked.
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