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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 12, 2013
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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
      proposal.

      “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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      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)