17374Christian rivals scrap Orthodox plan
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Christian rivals scrap Orthodox plan
January 12, 2013 12:52 AM
By Wassim Mroueh
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Following a surprise meeting chaired by Maronite Patriarch
Cardinal Beshara Rai Friday, rival Christian leaders called for adopting
an electoral law that provides fair representation for all sects, in an
apparent retreat from agreeing to the controversial Orthodox electoral
“It was agreed and stressed that it is necessary to adopt an electoral
law that provides the best and fairest representation for all Lebanese
sects,” said a brief statement issued after the meeting.
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun; Amin Gemayel, the head of
the Kataeb Party; and Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh attended
the meeting at Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite Patriarchate.
Lebanese Forces sources told The Daily Star that the party’s leader
Samir Geagea was not present at the meeting for “mere security reasons,”
as the time and place of the meeting were leaked to media ahead of time.
The statement said the patriarch and the leaders, including Geagea,
would continue talks over the matter.
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