Miqati says civil-marriage debate “useless”

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati said there is no need to engage in “useless debates” on civil marriage in light of the country’s current circumstances.

“This issue is not on the table at the moment,” the National News Agency quoted Miqati as saying during Tuesday’s cabinet session.

Last week, NOW reported on the first marriage contract to be signed between a Lebanese woman and man according to civil laws and with the support of a civil society activist.

Miqati, who returned earlier Tuesday from Jeddah, where he participated in the third Arab Social and Economic Development Summit, said that “Saudi Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz was very understanding of the Lebanese government’s position [of maintain a dissociation policy] regarding the Syrian crisis.”

He stressed that the electoral draft law approved by the government is a “valid platform for a constructive discussion.”       

Members of a parliamentary sub-committee began early last week their discussions on different draft laws in order to choose a proposal to replace the 1960 electoral law, with the country’s political circles divided over which law to adopt despite the cabinet’s approval in September 2012 of a draft law based on proportionality and 13 electoral districts.
Meanwhile, Minister of State Marwan Kheireddine quoted Interior Minister Marwan Charbel as saying that one person involved in the attack against Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami has been arrested.

Last Friday, unknown assailants blew up one of Karami’s motorcade vehicles in Tripoli’s Al-Azmi neighborhood with a grenade and injured four of his bodyguards.

The cabinet session also tackled the Foreign Ministry’s request to establish an embassy in the Philippines and a consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra as well as the demands of the Ministries of Agriculture, Public Works, and Health to recruit staff.

Ministers also decided to task Development and Reconstruction Council to study plans to build four new prisons in Lebanon.

Miqati called for the cabinet to convene again on January 29.

This issue is not on the table at the moment.

  • nicolas.hayek

    Thank you for the info! I took the liberty of using them for my latest infographic on Civil Marriage in Lebanon (with crediting your site, of course). Be sure to check it on http://nicolashayek.me/civil-marriage-lebanon-infographic/ Thanks again!

    February 13, 2013

  • NinoKay

    He proved to be the "useless" one. Not a single positive thing has come out of his mouth or his "useless" cabinet.

    January 24, 2013