Lebanon’s national dialogue harms state institutions

Dialogue is important, but the current national dialogue in Lebanon is sadly not yielding the desired results. Dialogue between Hezbollah and the Future Movement is always preceded by insults, threats and accusations, so no progress is achieved. Neither party contributes to developing security plans, or removing sectarian and partisan banners from the streets. Even if they do, it is only a matter of time before things go back to how they used to be.

Dialogue between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces has progressed a lot, but it has not achieved what the parties’ supporters desire, which is agreement on a presidential candidate to end the current vacuum and restore prestige to the presidential post.

Parties should adhere to the constitution and reject this heresy of dialogue altogether.

Nayla Tueni

Although both Christian parties are aware that parliamentary elections are their biggest challenge, they have failed to agree on a draft electoral law that helps Christian voters retrieve their influence in the national formula.

National dialogue, which has been ongoing since 2006, includes most parties that are represented in parliament and the cabinet. This dialogue has failed to reach an agreement over a president.

They hold one meeting after another without implementing anything that is agreed upon, and deliberately ignore state institutions. What stops them holding meetings in parliamentary or cabinet sessions? Parties should adhere to the constitution and reject this heresy of dialogue altogether.

This article was first published in an-Nahar on Jan. 11, 2016.
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Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni

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