Guidanian calls for respect of the special nature of Armenian community

Minister of Tourism, Avedis Guidanian, emphasized on Sunday the importance of respecting the specificity of the Armenian community when dealing with the issue of a new electoral law that preserves the equity of representation.

“It is important to respect the specific nature of the Armenian community, which is no less important than that of the Druze community, which the Progressive Socialist Party is talking about,” Minister of Tourism noted during an interview on Voice of Lebanon radio.

Guidanian said that the new electoral law that would be issued would be approved by the majority of politicians.

The Minister stressed on the importance of parliamentary elections, hoping that the Armenian deputies get elected by Armenian votes.

He noted that Armenians have been marginalized over the past 25 years.

He also called on all politicians to issue an electoral law that ensured equity in representation to all Lebanese components.

“I warn against setting up new (electoral) divisions at the expense of Armenians,” he went on.

Guidanian said that the Tachnag Party would participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections whether the electoral law adopted was proportional or majoritarian.

He assured that the Tachnag Party’s stance towards the electoral law was independent of any of its political alliances.

“At a certain stage, it is important to apply the mixed electoral law before arriving to the full proportional law,” the minister concluded