Christian parties agreed to consider other laws

bkirki meeting maronite christian leadersMaronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rai hosted a meeting on Thursday in Bkirki for the leaders of the Christian parties to evaluate the current situations regarding the electoral law.

“The [politicians] evaluated the current situation regarding the new electoral law and voiced their willingness to consider any constitutional proposal which provides proper and fair representation,” a Bkirki statement said following the meeting.

The meeting was inititally attended by Phalange party leader Amine Gemayel, Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun, Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, Lebanese Forces bloc MP Georges Adwan [representing LF leader Samir Geagea], but was later joined by March 14 MP Boutros Harb, Phalange MP Sami Gemayel, Change and Reform bloc MP Alain Aoun, and former Ministers Ziad Baroud and Youssef Saadeh attended the meeting, according to the statement.

Central News Agency reported that Patriarch Rai had called for the meeting “in order for them to agree on a new electoral law.”

CNA added that President Michel Suleiman, who had held talks with Rai at the Baabda Palace earlier on Thursday, had pushed for efforts to be exerted in order to avert the adoption of the Orthodox Gathering law in the elections, which are scheduled to be held in June.

Suleiman urged the need to reach consensus over a new electoral law since he thinks that the Orthodox Gathering proposal “threatens to create sectarian and political division in Lebanon,” CNA added

This Bkirki meeting comes after the parliament’s joint commissions approved the controversial Orthodox law, which calls for proportional voting along sectarian lines. The Orthodox proposal was backed by the majority of Christian parties and opposed by the Future Movement, the Progressive Socialist Party, the National Liberal Party, and numerous independent Christian MPs.

  • 5thDrawer

    Sober second thought? Whose wine was served at the last meeting?
    Just copy the Belgium Rules and go for it ….

    • Prophettttt

      I’d recommend Shafer vineyards’ “Relentless Napa Valley 2008″,chosen as wine of the year in 2012.
      Or,the Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas 2010. Also rated one of the top ten .
      But I think They would stick with Lebanese wine since they are discussing urgent national issues,and it may not be proper to serve French or American wines . lol

  • 5thDrawer

    Sober second thought? Whose wine was served at the last meeting?
    Just copy the Belgium Rules and go for it ….

    • Prophettttt

      I’d recommend Shafer vineyards’ “Relentless Napa Valley 2008″,chosen as wine of the year in 2012.
      Or,the Château de St.-Cosme Gigondas 2010. Also rated one of the top ten .
      But I think They would stick with Lebanese wine since they are discussing urgent national issues,and it may not be proper to serve French or American wines . lol

  • Constantin7

    It is good to stay open minded to other proposals !

  • Constantin7

    It is good to stay open minded to other proposals !