Lebanon church rejects election law

May 11, 2005 at 7:58 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 11 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Christian Maronite archbishops led by Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir Wednesday rejected the law covering upcoming general elections.

"The election law is unjust and arbitrary because it paves the ground for Muslims to choose the majority of Christian parliamentarians in many electoral constituencies," said a statement issued at the end of an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Archbishops.

"The law does not ensure proper representation for the Christians and does not allow them to choose their own representatives," it said, stressing the Taif national reconciliation pact stipulated equal and fair representation between Muslims and Christians.

The 128-member Lebanese parliament is half Christian and half Muslim.

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