Muslims oppose a state close to anything secular, while Christians oppose a state not based on sectarian quotas (if you are a non-Lebanese reader, you should be confused to know there is a subtle difference between secular and non-sectarian states in Lebanon!). To avoid the hassle of finding a non-sectarian solution, why not just go with the sectarian flow? Obviously, I am being sarcastic here, but this is exactly what the Christian Maronite leaders meeting in Bkerki decided yesterday. They signalled that they want each sect to elect its own MPs i.e. turning sects officially into tribes.
The electoral system is known under the Orthodox Gathering name, championed by Elie Ferzli, the pan-Arabist pro-Syrian Christian Orthodox; what an irony. What’s worrying is that the former Deputy-Speaker Elie Ferzli thinks that the idea is so progressive that it can be exported to the Arab countries that are currently experiencing the Arab Spring. Lebanon, again, wants to export the wrong product.
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