"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)



Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hariri, Jumblat Confirm 'Agreement Reached' on Electoral Law as Berri Says 'All Things Positive'- Naharnet

The political parties have agreed on an electoral law based on full proportional representation and 15 electoral districts and the details “will be finalized before the expiry of parliament's term,” Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Thursday after a meeting with President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri in Baabda.
“We have agreed on the framework of the electoral law and a committee will address the details and the final touches,” Hariri added after the talks, which were held on the sidelines of the annual Ramadan iftar banquet at the Baabda Palace.
“The atmosphere between President Aoun and Speaker Berri was positive,” Hariri revealed.
Berri for his part told reporters while leaving the palace that “all things are positive.”
Aoun later held a meeting with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.
“The atmosphere is positive and we will have a new electoral law. No to extension (of parliament's term) and no to returning to the 1960 law. The atmosphere is positive and thank God this was a blessed evening,” Jumblat said after the meeting.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea meanwhile told reporters in Baabda that he expects the new electoral law to be finalized “in the coming days.”