Hizbullah Bloc Warns against Failure to Agree on Electoral Law before May 15

Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc warned Thursday of the risks that Lebanon would face should the political parties fail to agree on a new electoral law before the May 15 legislative session.

“The least negative repercussions would be the aggravation of the disagreements among the Lebanese, the placement of the country in a complicated dilemma and a terrible disappointment of the hopes for a possible positive change in the country,” the bloc cautioned in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

It also reiterated that “full proportional representation is the best constitutional formula for the anticipated law.”

Hizbullah and its allies have repeatedly called for an electoral law fully based on proportional representation amid reservations by al-Mustaqbal Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party, and most recently the Lebanese Forces.

But Mustaqbal’s leader, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has recently announced that he is willing to accept full proportional representation.

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil and LF leader Samir Geagea have meanwhile called for a hybrid electoral system that mixes proportional representation with the winner-takes-all system, arguing that it grants Christians better representation.