Diman Christian Meeting on Electoral Law: 90% of Conferees Favor Proportional Representation
Ninety percent of participants in a Christian meeting held Friday at the summer seat of the Maronite patriarchate in Diman favor the implementation of a proportional representation law in the 2013 parliamentary elections.
According to information obtained by Naharnet, the participants in the first meeting for the so-called preparatory committee for studying the electoral law “reached a 90% agreement on adopting the proportional representation law and there is an intention to hold another meeting, away from the media spotlight, to discuss the electoral law and prepare for a broad meeting aimed at reaching consensus over the text of a draft law.”
A statement issued by the Maronite patriarchate said “the meeting was dedicated to discussing the issue of the electoral law, and the conferees demonstrated the various suggested draft laws and their viewpoints on the topic, stressing the importance of reaching an electoral law that provides the best confessional representation for all Lebanese communities.”
The meeting was attended by Lebanese Forces deputy chief MP George Adwan, Free Patriotic Movement’s representative MP Alain Aoun, Phalange Party Central Committee Coordinator MP Sami Gemayel, Marada Movement’s representative ex-minister Youssef Saade, civil society’s representative ex-interior minister Ziad Baroud, bishops Samir Mazloum and Kamil Zaidan, Dr. Nizar Younis, Managing Director of the Issam Fares Center for Lebanon Abdullah Bou Habib, father Antoine Khalife and researcher Youssef al-Doueihy.