Annulling Sectarianism in Politics

ďThe annulment of political sectarianism is a national target that must be realized according to a gradual plan,Ē

Clause H of the preamble to the Lebanese Constitution.

Article 95 provides the mechanism for annulling political sectarianism. Its presence in the constitution stresses the fact that annulment of sectarianism has become a national requirement, a national goal, and is no longer just something called for by intellectuals, or a point on the agenda of a political party.

Belonging to any religion or sect in Lebanon does not conflict with national loyalty or a common national identity. On the contrary, religious diversity it is a source of richness that can be capitalized on to bring about a dynamism that seeks to constantly renew and improve our horizons. History has proven, especially during the war years, that exploiting sectarian feelings inflamed crises and paved the way for foreign intervention. Exploiting sectarian division helped increase some peopleís insecurities and uncertainties about the future, and their future in Lebanon. These feelings of insecurity and alienation between Lebanese communities sometimes ushered in plans that did not serve the unity of Lebanon, its people, its land and its institutions. Capitalizing on sectarianism resulted in the ugly face of Lebanonís democratic system and was an obstacle to the practice of democracy.

It is for these reasons, as much as for co-existence being a precious and basic principle to which all advocates of Lebanese national unity subscribe, that we must rid Lebanese politics of sectarian distrust. Exploiting sectarian division creates a dangerous gap of trust. It is this that has given us the bitter experience of war. It is this gap that we have to bridge once and for all. If not, then what was all the suffering worth, what was the point, the value, of all of those experiences?

In order to annul political sectarianism we should begin a serious, mature and sustained dialogue at a national level, airing the real issues and raising awareness in preparation for solving the problem. Raising the issue every now and then to serve partisan political interests does not solve the problem of sectarianism. Such an approach creates opposition, polarization and rejection and further complicates the realization of the goal. The Constitution of the Republic of Lebanon states, in its preamble, that the annulment of political sectarianism is a national goal. Achieving this goal requires not only the consensus of the Lebanese, but also their effective contribution to the annulment process.

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The Future Movement

Introduction
Policies
- National Accord
- Co-exixtence
- Annulling Sectarianism in Politics
- Political Reform
- Modernizing and Reforming the Public Administration
- Foreign Policy and Lebanese-Arab Relations
I- Renewng confidence in Lebanonís role within its Arab milieu and in the whole world.
II- Strengthening Lebanonís brotherhood, friendship and cooperative relations with other Arab countries.
III- Emphasizing Lebanonís distinguished relations with Syria.
IV- Developing the role of Lebanonís diplomacy in the countryís economic, social and cultural progress.
V- Addressing Lebanese communities all over the world.
- The Role of Society and the Youth
- The Role of Education
- Democracy and Socio-economic Revival
I- Consolidating democracy, freedoms, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, and developing the foundations of justice in the state.
II- Renewing confidence in the Lebanese economy and polishing Lebanonís distinctive economic characteristics.
III- Activating an economically rewarding foreign policy.
IV- Resolving the public financial situation.
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Reducing production cost

   1- Privatization
   2- Encouraging productive sectors
VI- Capitalizing on human resources, developing their qualities, encouraging their productivity, and establishing an accountability system according to the level of productivity and the quality of performance.
VII- Enhancing and activating social services and improving their returns.
VIII- Emphasizing the importance of legislative stability.

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Stressing the Rule of Law
Conclusion