Hezbollah delegation meets Franjieh to discuss new electoral law

A Hezbollah delegation held talks Monday with  Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh at his residence in Banshie .The delegation included  Hezbollah secretary-general's political aide Hussein Khalil and the head of the Liaison and Coordination Comittee Wafiq Safa  NNA said. Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos of Marada and Franjieh's son Tony attended the meeting.
A Hezbollah delegation held talks Monday with Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh at his residence in Banshie .The delegation included Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil and the head of the Liaison and Coordination Comittee Wafiq Safa NNA said. Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos of Marada and Franjieh’s son Tony attended the meeting.
National News Agency reported that a Hezbollah delegation held talks Monday Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh at his residence in Banshie .

The delegation included Hezbollah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil and the head of the Liaison and Coordination Comittee Wafiq Safa NNA said. Public Works Minister Youssef Fenianos of Marada and Franjieh’s son Tony attended the meeting.

Talks focused on the electoral law ,” the agency added.

Both Hezbollah and Franjieh are in favor of an electoral law based on proportional representation.

Hezbollah has repeatedly called for an electoral law fully based on proportional representation but other political parties, especially the Future Movement, have rejected the proposal and argued that the party’s controversial arsenal of arms would prevent serious competition in regions where the Iran-backed party has clout.

In 2013 Lebanese Forces and The Future Movement backed by the PSP agreed on a hybrid electoral law which calls for 54% of the MPs to be elected under the majoritarian winner-takes-all system and 46 % under the proportional representation system. This draft law was rejected by the Hezbollah-led March 8 opposition.

Also in 2013 Future Movement leader PM Saad Hariri rejected the electoral law that is based on proportional representation because there will be competition in some regions, but there cannot be any competition in other regions, because of the presence of Hezbollah weapons in them.

Hariri was referring to the 2009 election in the areas dominated by Hezbollah. According to the reports that surfaced back then Hezbollah gunmen prevented their rivals from voting and the results of the election showed it. On the other hand in the March 14 dominated areas several Hezbollah backed candidates won the election that was based on winner take all . In a proportional representation system Hezbollah will be able to gain more seats in the March 14 dominated areas but will not lose any seats in its dominated areas as long as it is allowed to keep its arms and use them internally for political gain .

According to analysts Hezbollah wants to dominate Lebanon by insisting on adopting the proportional law in a single or several expanded electoral districts.

The country has not voted for a parliament since 2009, with the legislature instead twice extending its own mandate.

The 2009 polls were held under an amended version of the 1960 electoral law and the next elections are scheduled for May 2017.