Kataeb Chief Accuses 'Political Mafia' of Seeking to Maintain Current Electoral Law

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Kataeb Chief Accuses 'Political Mafia' of Seeking to Maintain Current Electoral Law

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel Wednesday accused a "political mafia" of seeking to maintain the 1960 electoral law, saying that it has become obvious that the government's priority is accorded to the oil and gas exploration.

"Unfortunately, it seems that the political settlement reached between local factions includes maintaining of the current voting law," Gemayel said following talks with MP Dory Chamoun at the National Liberal Party's headquarter in Sodeco.

"Apparently, the government's priority is for gas and oil, not parliamentary polls and state budget."

Gemayel renewed his call for putting all the proposed electoral laws to the vote, warning against attempts to keep the current voting system so as to quell the emergence of any opposition force that would shed the light on the committed mistakes.

"If we fail to approve a new electoral law now, then we will definitely not be able to do after four years," he noted.

For his part, Chamoun stressed that parliamentary polls must take place as scheduled regardless of the adopted law, assuring that his party will stand alongside the Kataeb to defend Lebanon's welfare.

Source: Kataeb.org

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