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Al-Manar: Jumblatt opposes proportionality because it ‘targets’ him

Al-Manar television station reported on Thursday evening that Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt had said that he was against the system of proportional representation because its “targets” him. 

Following a meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri’s political aide Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s aide Hussein Khalil, Jumblatt told Al-Manar’s reporter: “I do not want proportionality regardless of how it is proposed, [because] it targets me.”

Jumblatt also said that he did not meet with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his latest visit to Riyadh.

Jumblatt is a prominent Druze leader in Lebanon. The Druze sect is considered one of the religious minority groups in the country.

Lebanese parties are debating the electoral law for the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections after the parliament agreed on drafting a law based on proportional representation.

However, some parties, including the PSP, rejected the proposed law and called for adopting the 2009 electoral law, which is based on simple majority representation.

-NOW Lebanon