AMIN ZHMAYEL: "ELECTIONS WERE SIMULATED IN ARMENIAN DISTRICT"
Aug 08 2007
BEIRUT, AUGUST 8, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. Amin Zhmayel, the
former President of Lebanon, who was defeated in the parliamentarian
by-elections, which took place on Sunday, with a trifling difference of
votes, claimed that double elections should be held in the Burj-Hamud
district of Beirut, insisiting on the fact that the ballot had
been simulated in the Armenian community. He also said that the
ARF Dashnaktsutiun, which cooperates with his rival party, imposed
pressure on the voters.
Kamil Khuri, the candidate of the opposition, received 39 thousand
and 534 votes, whereas Amin Zhmayel received 39 thousand and 116 votes.
"We want a double ballot to be held in the Burj-Hamud district,"
Zhmayel told his supporters. He made assertions that people, who do
not live in that district full of Armenians, have taken part in the
ballot or ballot-papers on behalf of dead people have been dropped.
"Francepress" reports that that very parliamentarian post became
vacant, when Pier Zhmayel, the son of Amin Zhmayel, the former
President, who was also tha Minister of Industry, was killed on the
suburbs of Beirut last November.
Amin Zhmayel represents the overwhelming majority in Lebanon, which
is against Syria’s intervention in the internal affairs of Lebanon.
Presidential elections will be held in September in Lebanon.