Posted by Joshua on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
In the spirit of cooperation and problem-solving, two bitter enemies from diametrically opposed camps have come together on Syria Comment to work out a joint agreement for the Lebanese political quagmire, in the hopes of demonstrating to Lebanon’s warring leaders that consensus and compromise are possible, even in the most adversarial of relationships. Therefore, and without further ado, Syria Comment presents…
The Qifa Nabki-Alex Accord
1. The cabinet alignment should adhere to the latest Qatari proposal: sixteen seats for March 14, eleven seats for March 8, and three seats for the president's ministers. Under such an arrangement, the opposition would have a minority veto, which it could use to block unpleasant legislation until next June 2009, when a new government is formed.
2. There should be a public commitment to one specific electoral law: either the draft law devised by the Boutros Commission, or the 1960 law with specific amendments agreed upon by both sides.
3. The immediate election of Suleiman as president.
As Syria Comment went to press, the two sides in Qatar were nearing a deal of this type, with no signs of an immediate breakthrough, however. The challenges that loom over this agreement are large, foremost among them the complete lack of trust between the Lebanese primaries, and the amount of foreign pressure being applied.
It is the belief of these two commentators that the most important outcome of these talks would be a caretaker government that blocks the road to further sectarian fighting in the streets, re-opens the downtown district, and allows the Lebanese people a chance to recover before the mudslinging recommences early next year, in advance of an historic election.