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Lebanon’s Lawyers Launch National Initiative to 'Recover the State'

Lebanon’s Lawyers Launch National Initiative to 'Recover the State'

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 11:45
The head of Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf (Photo: Twitter)

The head of the Beirut Bar Association, Melhem Khalaf, announced on Monday the launch of a campaign to “recover the State”, based on the formation of a government of independent experts, the creation of a senate, and the adoption of a new electoral law.

“The initiative is easy to implement and relates to the size of people’s pain, and is open to constructive discussion in a way that reassures all concerns,” Khalaf said in a news conference on Monday.

The meeting called for by Khalaf was attended by representatives of trade unions, universities, economic and labor bodies, in addition to civil society groups.

The head of the Beirut Bar Association emphasized that the initiative proposed “a new approach that links the citizen to the state on the basis of rights and duties.”

Regarding the details of the initiative, the head of the Bar Association in Tripoli and the North, Mohammad Mrad, explained that it was based on “the urgency of forming an effective, fair, and reliable government of independent specialists with specific and limited legislative powers within a specific time limit.”

He said that the new government’s first priorities should focus on the implementation of a financial, economic, and social rescue plan, achieving full justice in the Beirut port explosion case, and putting forward a national plan to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions.

Mrad stressed that according to the initiative, the “restructuring of power begins by approving a Senate law, in line with the constitution, and adopting an electoral law outside the sectarian framework, provided that the discussion on this shift takes place in a manner that reassures the Lebanese and protects their sectarian particularities.”

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