Berri says no to parliament extension, 1960 Law and vacuum

Berri - don't mess with meLebanon Speaker Nabih Berri rejected on Wednesday three possible scenarios .He stressed his objection to extending the parliament’s term, to holding upcoming elections under the 1960 law and to plunging the country into parliamentary vacuum.

“No to extension, no the 1960 law and no to vacuum,”Berri was quoted as telling MPs during his weekly meeting with lawmakers in Ain el-Tineh.

“It is required to exert efforts to pass a new law as soon as possible or else we would enter a dangerous phase with the beginning of April,” Berri warned.

Berri reiterated that “the government should discuss and approve this law and refer it to parliament,” noting that the electoral law is the government’s “top priority.”

The speaker also noted that “the national interest requires reaching an electoral law containing proportional representation.”

“Under such a law, we would be getting rid of sectarianism while preserving the sects,” Berri pointed out.

Berri’s ally , the Iranian backed 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.

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 .

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 the modified 1960 winner takes all system. 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 is trying to use its arms 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 . Thd next elections are scheduled for May 2017.

  • AusLeb

    No to any sort of idea’s – No to a vacuum and No to No!

  • Danny Farah

    what the hell is he to decide Lebanon’s fate in every aspect of the government. this is Nassrallah Senior talking and you better do what he says or he will close the parliament before. Did he ever say no to Trash. apparently not ! and when people protested against the trash and accusing him of wrongdoings, he sent his thugs to terrorize protesters by stabbing and slashing them with knives. Why is he allowed to run as head of parliment forever while the president is only allowed to have 6 years term? why is he so special? why can’t we rotate this asshole so i don’t have to hear about him for a while? why is Nassrallah declaring war on Israel and Aoun the clown is hiding in his castle minding his own business. ya reitek akrit ma hakeit.. ante kulmuk sharameet.

    • Jack

      Danny Farah – Omega will tell you that your are not from Lebanon…..

      • Danny Farah

        I tell him anyone sides with Hezbollah and protest the Dictator Nassrallah will never be from Lebanon. Even Imam Moussa Al Sadr who was born in Iran was more Lebanese than Omega and all his likes..

        • HebAlba

          Combien de chefs Chrétiens se sont entre-tués dans la disgrace, tuer pères mères et enfants en ba-âge.
          La mafia Italienne ne touche jamais les femmes et les enfants.
          Le temps des Dinosaures est passé Monsieur Farah.
          C’est émouvant que de vous voir ouvrir votre cœur à un Zioniste Fasciste, un neo-Nazi qui cherche votre amitié.

          • Danny Farah

            And how many killings between palestinians and many sunnis and many shiites. does that give Hezbollah and Syria the right to kill Christians.. second they were not all Christians and many were muslims for simply opposing Syrian and Hezbollah political agenda.

          • vs

            Danny, can You see Phoenician? 𐤊𐤍𐤏𐤍𐤟𐤀𐤁𐤂𐤃𐤄𐤅𐤆𐤇𐤈𐤉𐤊𐤋𐤌𐤍𐤎𐤏𐤐𐤑𐤒𐤓𐤔𐤕

          • HebAlba

            Hezbollah killed Christians?..I had an old uncle buried in Kousseir,
            FSA- Al Nusra desecrated cemeteries looted destroyed churches instituted sharia courts in tunels. Hezbollah helped liberate Kousseir in 2013.. must i be angry at them??

          • Danny Farah

            So they free Christians in Syria and kill them in Lebanon. And no you should not hate them and I am not advocating killing hezoballah. All and many descent lebanese asking them to stop controlling Lebanon and using us to please Iran. is that too much to ask?
            Second if their Assad had not hunted down the protesters in the first place and allowed some democracy in Syria and didn’t release hundreds and maybe thousands of extremists armed to the teeth to go on the other side and fight the Syrian opposition first which they did and you can’t deny it. Maybe all that if was done we would not have a war for years and we would not have to worry about Daesh. but you don’t start fire then come and save me.. and See Look what i have done for you and now you are cursing me.
            It doesn’t work that way.

        • Omega

          No, I won’t tell you that. I don’t know how this is about me.

          Jack is simply butt-hurt and still has not picked up his prolapsed rectum off the floor. He’s looking for people to team up with against me – just like children do.

          Lebanon’s demise was when the French left behind their 1943 Pact National – which divided the power of the country between five groups. Top of my head, I don’t know of any other country with a similar situation.

      • Omega

        You and Niemals/OhYeah/Matrix/O’Matrix/Annodazumal are fixated with me. Rather hilarious.