Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbeltold told As-Safir newspaper in remarks published on Wednesday that the cabinet’s approval of the new new lectoral draft law that he proposed was a “unique accomplishment.”
“What happened is almost a white revolution, and we hope all of its chapters will be completed with the parliament’s approval of the electoral draft law.” He said
He also warned that “if the draft law was not approved by the parliament a great number of the Lebanese people will boycott the elections.”
“The referendums have shown that the majority of the Lebanese want an electoral law based on proportionality.” He did not elaborate on which referendum/s he was referring to
On Tuesday Lebanon’s Cabinet approved an electoral draft law that called for proportional representation and divided the country into 13 districts.
Lebanon was divided into the following electoral districts:
Beirut 2, south Lebanon 2, Bekaa 3, north Lebanon 3 , Mount Lebanon 3.
The new electoral law was approved by the majority of ministers. Only ministers who represent PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt’s bloc and State Minister Ali Qanso voted against it
Acting Information Minister Wael Abu Faour, said the ministers of Jumblatt’s bloc ultimately decided not to engage in a debate over the details concerning the districts.
“We must look at the nation as a whole,” Abu Faour told reporters, implying that the PSP put national interests above its own.
Former Lebanese PM and current Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri rejected the new electoral draft law and said it will not pass in parliament.
March 14 MP Ammar Houry told Voice of Lebanon on Wednesday : “The draft electoral law as approved by the cabinet is the law of sedition…. a preparation for a civil war…it is the draft law of Jalili and its representative “Hezbollah”.
If Jumblatt’s bloc will vote will against the proposed electoral law , it will not pass in the parliament if all March 14 MPs vote against it according to political observers.