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3. A SECULAR LEBANON

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Building the LEBANESE IDENTITY and the LEBANESE NATION entails the respect of the local specificities and diversities.

 

BUILDING A STRONG AND EFFICIENT LEBANON ENTAILS UNITING THE LEBANESE.

UNITING THE LEBANESE ENTAILS TAKING RELIGION OUT OF THE LEGAL, POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEMS.

 

Paragraph H of the preamble of the Lebanese Constitution recognizes the need to abolish political sectarianism as a strategic priority.

 

The right of personal belief and freedom of religion are fundamental constitutional rights that must be exercised in the PRIVATE SPHERE.

 

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A – A SECULAR LEGAL SYSTEM

THE LEBANESE WANT democratically voted laws to rule their personal life, as per the Constitution, they want :

A CIVIL MARRIAGE

A CIVIL DIVORCE

CIVIL INHERITANCE RIGHTS

CIVIL RIGHTS OF FILIATION AND ADOPTION

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL

 

THE PARTY OF LEBANON WANTS :

 

1. THE RIGHT FOR EVERY LEBANESE TO CHOOSE ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM and have their religion removed from ALL public records, documents and civil status. As per Art. 9 of the Lebanese Constitution, the Lebanese have the right to give up their initial religion and opt for another one. This should include the right to opt for secularism, keeping their religion in the private sphere and have their personal status, civil rights and political rights ruled by laws voted democratically and judged by civil tribunals.

 

2. THE APPLICATION OF THE FRENCH CIVIL CODE OF THE FAMILY  that was part of the Lebanese corpus of Law between 1926 and 1943 and its jurisprudence, in exactly the same way the French civil code of obligations was adopted as the core of the Lebanese legal system.

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3. THE SUPREMACY OF THE CIVIL LAW OVER RELIGIOUS LAWS, as per Art. 1 and 7 of the Constitution which provides that only the elected Lebanese Parliament and only the elected Lebanese Government have the sovereignty over the country. In case of conflicts, the Law applicable to ALL the Lebanese, without discrimination and voted democratically, should prevail.

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4. EQUALITY OF CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL CITIZENS, regardless of gender, religion, origin or residency, as per Art. 7 of the Constitution which provides for equal rights for all citizens as the basis of society. The Lebanese Constitution must prevail over religious laws when they are in conflict.

Individuals and couples WANTING to submit their personal affairs to religious laws or religious tribunals can keep that right as per the freedom of beliefs inscribed in Article 9 of the Lebanese Constitution, but in case of conflict, the sovereignty of the Lebanese Constitution and of the Civil Legal system MUST prevail as per the fundamental principles of the Lebanese Constitution.

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B – A SECULAR POLITICAL SYSTEM

A country where the Government is NOT a TEAM that manages the country but an AGGREGATE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES fighting for their privileges and advantages through corruption and nepotism is doomed.

A country where the Parliament does not represent the citizens, but religious communities according to rules that are both artificial and unfair is doomed

 

THE LEBANESE WANT

AN EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT

A TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT FREE FROM CORRUPTION

POLITICAL LEADERS THAT WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE

POLITICAL LEADERS WITH NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST NOR DOUBLE ALLEGIANCE

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS, NOT THE VESTED INTERESTS OF PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES

 

 THE PARTY OF LEBANON WANTS :

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1. THE RIGHT FOR EVERY LEBANESE CITIZEN TO REGISTER, PAY HIS TAXES AND VOTE AT HIS PLACE OF EFFECTIVE RESIDENCY

 

2. THE RIGHT FOR EVERY CITIZEN TO VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATE IN ANY ELECTION regardless of the religion of the candidate or of the voter.

 

3. THE OBLIGATION FOR EVERY MINISTER AND MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT TO OPT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM.

Holders of Public Offices are nominated to ADMINISTER LEBANON as a whole and treat the citizens indiscriminately. As such they MUST HAVE OPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM

 

4. THE OBLIGATION FOR EVERY CANDIDATE TO AN ELECTIVE POST TO OPT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM. Members of Parliament and members of Municipal Councils must vote on issues of national interests and CANNOT HAVE DOUBLE ALLEGIANCE. In law, they are elected to represent the PEOPLE OF LEBANON without discrimination. As such they MUST HAVE OPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM.

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C –  A SECULAR ADMINISTRATION

An administration where civil servants are nominated and ‘protected’ by political leaders or religious communities is doomed. An administration where double allegiance and nepotism are the norm is doomed.

A country where a simple citizen cannot exercise his rights and deal with the administration without a political or religious sponsor is doomed.

A country where no administrative process can take place without corruption is doomed

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THE LEBANESE WANT

AN EFFICENT ADMINISTRATION

AN ADMINISTRATION FREED FROM CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM

CIVIL SERVANTS THAT ARE AT THE SERVICE OF THE CITIZENS

EQUALITY OF TREATMENT AND THE ERADICATION OF FAVORED TREATMENT

THE PROFESSIONAL AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

The judges, civil servants, members of the police and of the Armed Forces are at the service of all the Lebanese citizens, regardless of their personal religious beliefs or belongings.

LEBANON’S EXECUTIVE, JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION, POLICE AND ARMED FORCES MUST BE FREED FROM DOUBLE ALLEGIANCES AND CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS.

 

  THE PARTY OF LEBANON WANTS :

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1. THE OBLIGATION FOR ALL CIVIL SERVANTS AND PUBLIC OFFICERS TO BE SECULAR.  Holders of public office, Ministers, Civil Servants, Judges, Magistrates and members of the Police and the Armed forces are required to deal with issues that are of concern to ALL the Lebanese. THEY CANNOT HAVE DOUBLE ALLEGIANCES. In law, they are nominated to ADMINISTER LEBANON without discrimination. As such they MUST HAVE OPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SECULARISM. This requirement should be inscribed as part of the job description and qualifications for all job openings in public administration

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2. RESTORE THE POWER AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE MAGISTRATES, THE NATIONAL COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE, THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE COURTS. Independent checks and balances are a necessity in any society. The independence of the national courts and administrative oversight bodies cannot be effective unless their members are secular and protected from nepotism, threats and violence. As such they MUST BE SECULAR and Nominated on MERIT NOT ON CONFESSIONALISM

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3. CREATE A NATIONAL SENATE REPRESENTING THE REGIONS the role of which is to validate the constitutionality, compatibility and secularity of the laws voted by the Parliament, as is the case in any efficient democracy, and represent the various regions of Lebanon in an equal way.