2013 elections may be canceled says Lebanon minister


Lebanon Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said on Monday that the 2013 parliamentary elections might be disrupted or canceled as a result of security breaches.

“[The return] of bombings and assassinations might lead to the cancellation of the elections,” Charbel told MTV television station.

Charbel added that the proposed electoral law based on proportional representation is facing an uphill battle and is “becoming very difficult to implement,”adding, however, that he was still “hopeful” for the adoption of the new law.

Charbel also said that Christian MPs would be at a disadvantage in the next parliamentary elections.

“The territorial span of the Christians and the lack of cooperation between them prevents them from [proper representation].”

In a surprise move the interior minister added that he was opposed to allowing President Michel Suleiman lead a parliamentary bloc, saying that “it would threaten security.”

Charbel represents Free patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and Suleiman in the cabinet

Lebanese parties are debating the electoral law for the upcoming elections. Hezbollah and Aoun are pushing for the proposed new law while Progressive socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt and the Future movement headed by former PM Saad Hariri rejected the proposed law and called for adopting the 2009 electoral law, which is based on the 1960 winner take all law.