Bassil confirms battle ongoing to ensure 64 Christian MPs

Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 19:12 Politics

NNA - Free Patriotic Movement Leader, Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, launched on Monday the FPM's electoral machinery, during which he affirmed that the battle was ongoing until 64 seats were secured for Christian MPs.


"The Free Patriotic Movement knew so very well when to raise the ceiling," he said, reminding his audience of the FPM's pride and joy for being the one that pushed for a proportionality-based electoral law.


"We have also reached this agreement thanks to the Future Movement and Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, who approved of the proportionality vote law. We would also like to give credit to the Lebanese Forces and all the political parties which helped give the new law a major political cover," he added.


"Our all time ally, Hezbollah, is also to be majorly thanked since it has always pushed for proportionality," he added.


However, Bassil regretted that the law failed to ensure a women's quota and the election of military men.


"There is a great thing that the FPM is proud of, which is granting electoral rights to Lebanese expatriates, as well as the right to restore the Lebanese nationality," he added.


"We are ready for elections and accepted parliamentary extension to give time for the issuance of magnetic cards. We are also concerned about the regulation of demographic mobility for electoral purposes, and the FPM has shown keenness on the votes of everyone in Lebanon; however, some places suffer injustice which must be addressed," Bassil said.


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