Gemayel wants neutrality incorporated into the constitution

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The Phalange Party revealed that it will propose incorporating the disassociation policy into the constitution so that parties would be legally bound to adhere to it.

“We have decided to present a proposal to amend the constitution by adding a paragraph to its preamble in order to adopt neutrality in regard to regional conflicts in a constitutional and legal way,” Phalange Party bloc MP Sami Gemayel said on Tuesday.

He added that any party that does not respect this policy would be “punished by law.”

Gemayel went on to state that his party will visit the leaders of the various parliamentary blocs next week in order to receive their signatures on this constitutional draft law.

The Phalange Party MP expressed concern over the participation of some Lebanese parties in the Syrian conflict, which he said “has started to spill over to Lebanon.”

“The involvement of any party in the conflict may lead to the implication of other parties,” Gemayel added.

Hezbollah has come under criticism for reportedly fighting on the side of the Syrian regime against rebels in the Al-Qusayr area and outside Damascus, with news outlets in the past weeks reporting that a number of party members had been killed while fighting in Syria.

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed in a televised address last week that “friends” of the Syrian regime would not allow it to fall and that his party would defend Lebanese Shiites residing in Al-Qusayr.

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4 responses to “Gemayel wants neutrality incorporated into the constitution”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

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  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    It can be valuable to keep short notes handy, just to remind oneself sometimes of the ‘larger picture’. ‘Post-its’ on the wall beside your computer, so to speak. Here’s one…

    So you wanted to be ‘President’ in Iran …
    To be eligible … one must be male, a Shia Muslim, a political or religious figure, an Iranian national AND believe in the core tenets of the Islamic Republic.
    But this is just the beginning.
    After registration, the powerful 12-member Guardian Council, comprising six lawyers and six clerics, decides who qualifies to run. Iran’s Guardian Council is a body controlled by the Supreme Leader.
    The history of ‘Islamic Republic’ shows that critics of the regime, even from within conservative circles, are routinely prevented from even standing for ‘election’.

    And, so then, you decided to be one of the lesser politicians….
    290 seats from 30 provinces
    Number of candidates before vetting: 5,395, after vetting 3,444, ie. 36% were disqualified.
    8 women and 44 clerics ‘elected’ to the 2008 parliament. Official turnout in 2008 61%.

    Oh .. and the Green Movement’? Shhhh … too dangerous to mention even the name.
    Discussion not allowed – officially or otherwise.

  3. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

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    Patience2

    Good luck.

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