"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jumblat: Druze Community Refuses Marginalization- Naharnet

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat was up in arms recently protesting the cabinet's performance and what he believes is “marginalization” of the Druze community, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.
The Druze leader's stance stance was evident in a series of tweets in which he protested, what sources close to him described as, “tendency to marginalize,” them.
“In light of this disposition to marginalize us, Jumblat has no choice but to engage in a fierce challenge to deter these attempts,” sources close to Jumblat were quoted as saying. They were referring to the debate over a new electoral law and suggestions to adopt the proportional representation law which Jumblat strongly disagrees with, according to the daily.
It is clear that Jumblat is ready for the challenge, said the daily, and has expressed resentment in a series of tweets with the stances of some ministers, without naming them, and government decisions the most recent were the oil and gas decrees.
On his position as for the latest developments on stipulating a new election law for the parliamentary elections, Jumblat told the daily: “Let everyone know that I refuse to consider a major faction in Lebanon secondary...I will not abandon this faction and I am always ready for consultations.”
The Druze leader, concluded: “Enough outbidding and side talks. Each party is doing what suits it best, as if it is the only community being. They act as if the Druze community does not exist. We will not accept that.”
In light of efforts to agree on a new election law for the parliamentary elections scheduled for May, some politicians have been encouraging for the adoption of proportional representation, which the PSP leader strongly rejects.