Jumblat Says Ultimatums on Election Law are 'Illogical'

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized comments as for preferring vacuum at the parliament over endorsing a proportional representation system in the upcoming parliamentary elections, and stressed the need for dialogue.

“It is illogical to say that it is either (Lebanon adopts) proportional representation or let vacuum be,” said Jumblat in a tweet on Thursday.

“There are many other possibilities other than this unilateral vision. Dialogue is the solution instead of exclusion,” he added.

Jumblat's comments came after an announcement made by President Michel Aoun during Wednesday's cabinet session, where he said he could choose vacuum over the extension of the parliament term.

“If I'm to choose between the extension of parliament's term or vacuum, my stance is clear in this regard -- I will choose vacuum,” TV networks quoted Aoun as saying.

Aoun addressed the ministers and justified his stance saying: “Where is our potency and credibility should we fail throughout eight years to pass an electoral law although all politicians have agreed that it should be approved?”

Jumblat's call is not the first. He has reiterated on more than one occasion that he rejects proportional representation.

Political parties are bickering over amending the current 1960 election law which divides seats among the different religious sects.

The current parliament has failed to amend the law, and has extended its mandate twice amid criticism. New elections are scheduled for May 2017.

Comments 6
Missing humble over 3 years

Vacuum is the worst thing for Lebanon....but some have taken the bad habit during the past 3 years...

Missing awireless over 3 years

Jumblat says: Ultimatums on Election Law are 'Illogical'? Pardons me!!! How many nears has it been since you have been blocking any solution. I believe that Jumblat is the problem since the start pre and post civil war.

Anyway, somebody must standup and tell him to stop...

Thumb i.report over 3 years

The latest reports indicate that post civil war problem has always been the same one: those who didn't drop their weapons, in particular the two shia militias.

Missing awireless over 3 years

Everyone has weapeons be it light or heavy. Yes, it may not be comparable to what HA has. However, we are talking about an electoral(s) under discussion for the past 6 years. Yes, deadlines are required. Nothing is infinite. ..so, enough games..

Thumb libanaisresilient over 3 years

Why media still pretend to believe that these comments on social media are really posted by these ignorant Men instead of their Publicity Teams? Look at this Old Man! He probably doesn't even know what's an Twitter account! Lol....

Thumb libanaisresilient over 3 years

Jumblat is owing some years to the cemetery... It's embarrassing to have Political arena restricted to Jumblat, Berri, Hariri and others who made Lebanon public administration an extension of their own business! Big Shame