Jumblatt warns over a March 8 victory in 2013 polls


Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt warned on Saturday during an iftar dinner that he hosted at the Mukhtara palace that if March 8 wins the upcoming parliamentary elections, there will be no place for a state of law and order in Lebanon.

“If March 8 wins the 2013 parliamentary elections, I do not think there will be any room for a state of law and order in Lebanon. Preserving security will not be exclusive to the army and security forces. I also do not think there will be an independent judiciary, president and army,” Jumblatt said.

The MP also commented on Prime Minister Najib Miqati’s cabinet, in which Jumblatt’s PSP is represented by three ministers.

“If there is any major achievement that the cabinet has fulfilled, then it is its commitment to funding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri,” Jumblatt said.

His comments come after Lebanon’s Cabinet approved last Tuesday 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 the ministers who represent Jumblatt’s bloc and State Minister Ali Qanso voted against it.

While Hezbollah and its March 8 allies welcomed the the new electoral draft law Former Lebanese PM and current Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri rejected it 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”.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said during a press conference on Wednesday that the new electoral law favors March 8 alliance and called for smaller electoral districts to ensure proper representation during the 2013 parliamentary election.

Phalange Party’s Central Committee Coordinator MP Sami Gemayel, told MTV on Wednesday that he rejects the draft electoral law adopted by the cabinet, stressing that it was tailored to serve the electoral interests of the ruling Hezbollah led March 8 coalition and predicting that “it will be defeated in parliament.”

According to observers, by insisting on the new electoral law, the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance have forced Jumblatt to return to the March 14 alliance. The observers concluded that there is no way the new law will pass because March 14 will be the new majority in parliament .