I have received many messages and comments by friends telling me that General Michel Aoun has “adopted my idea” of direct suffrage verbatim in a press conference two days ago. Indeed, in a statement this past Monday, Aoun vouched for direct Presidential Elections by the people and uncannily described exactly what I had written a few days ago: that there should be elections over two rounds with “qualifications” conducted by Christian voters in the first round, and national elections by all voters in the second round. Aoun said it word for word, and it is the first time he has ever pronounced it.
This is great news. Whether he was inspired by my idea (which I have been talking about since Feb 15 2014, and wrote 4 articles about since) or whether it is truly coincidental, it doesn’t matter, the important part is that the idea of direct suffrage is being discussed. That is the true essential part. We need to make this change not only a possibility, but our only viability.
I will proceed with my plan. As promised in my last article, I am preparing the petition asking for direct presidential elections, and I am preparing the constitutional amendments along with key figures and policymakers to make this direct suffrage a Lebanese reality in a tight case. No more falling prey to political futilities “طق حنك سياسي”; we, the capable people, will effectively start doing the work. If the Aounists will join their voices to those of us who are secular, nationalistic and truly forward-looking, if the Aounists will put their names down next to those of us who preach development and political integrity in the name of people empowerment, then that is a gift for the country. The more people join their names to us, the faster we will be marching towards first-worldom.
I ask you please to stay tuned with support and enthusiasm.
For those who have not read my last article where I describe the idea of two-round-qualification that Aoun recently called for, kindly read it here.