"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)



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hamadeh Says Aoun Should Have Signed Election Decree- Naharnet

Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said if President Michel Aoun had signed the decrees inviting voters for the elections in line with the constitutional deadlines, he would have saved the country from risks of delayed elections, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.
“If President Michel Aoun had signed the draft decrees submitted by Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and calling the electoral bodies to stage elections on their constitutional dates, he would have saved the country from danger,” Hamadeh told the daily in an interview.
In February, Aoun did not ink a decree signed by Mashnouq calling on voters to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to avoid the polls being held under the disputed 1960 majoritarian law.
The political parties are bickering over amending the current election law which divides seats among the different religious sects.
A number of law formats were suggested by different parties, but none of them succeeded at garnering approval of all sides.
Touching on Aoun's Tuesday position and that of Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Hamadeh said: “I am puzzled. I can't determine the exact position of the (Aoun's) term which highly coincides with the law, and the rhetoric of the Foreign Minister who is again threatening with vacuum.”