Throughout the years that followed Independence, the majority of Lebanese leaders, with the exception of a few, were too occupied serving their own personal interests at the expense of the higher interests of their homeland and its citizens.
Moreover, throughout the past 60 years, major strategic mistakes led to the country’s current situation: a drastically fragile economy, a constantly increasing flood of emigration, let alone a tragically dangerous security state.
The nation is in dire need for a quality shift based on a complete and collective review of the social contract between all its components, and the reformation of its laws and amendments in the Constitution in order to serve the interests of all, with no exception. A quality shift based on social, economic and security justice to reach peace, civil peace, and sustainable security and stability.
A quality shift compatible with our era, that eliminates widespread corruption. A quality shift based on transparency, to benefit from Lebanon’s natural resources such as water, gas and oil, and proceed with a fair redistribution that will trigger economic growth and reverse the equation of emigration into a return to the motherland, and the discordant equation of personal interests into servicing the higher interests of citizens.
- Extending national sovereignty across the entire Lebanese territory
- Building a Citizen’s State that enjoys rights, the rule of law, and social justice, that, together, create a state of civil peace
- Promoting patriotism in Lebanon and abroad, for men and women alike
- Investing in national resources, particularly gas and water, with absolute transparency, and creating a positive trend for citizens’ advantage, and reversing the equation of emigration to a return of expats who work and invest in the homeland
- Human assurance and security, of which political, military, social and the health sector
- Supporting the economy of knowledge and innovation that empowers citizens through education, learning, and culture, and invests in their high potential as human resources
- Decentralization that grants sustainable local development and increases natural wealth in the region in an eco-friendly manner, and invests in the local resources, competences, and skills
- Boasting cultural, religious, and heritage diversity, strengthening it, and considering it National wealth
The following English translation of Nadine Moussa‘s presidential plan was done by volunteers Pia Francis and Taline Khajikian, and published on Hummus for Thought with Moussa’s permission on April 30 2014.
- Achieving national sovereignty across Lebanon
- Building a state for all citizens based on the reign of righteousness, law and social justice while supporting civil peace
- Enhancing the sense of patriotism amongst Lebanese people and expatriates, men and women equally
- Exploiting the natural resources such as gas, oil, water with total transparency and distributing them amongst all Lebanese people equally to enrich the citizens as well as encourage expats to return to their country and invest in it
- Accomplishing security, including political, military, and social security
- Reorienting the economy towards an economy based on knowledge and creativity, in addition to offering educational, learning, and teaching opportunities to all citizens and investing in their human capabilities that are abundant inside and outside Lebanon
- Adopting the decentralization policy that ensures local sustainable development, preserves natural resources in accordance with ecological standards, and invests in local resources, talents and capabilities
- Replacing rivalry with the feeling of pride in diversity, and reinforcing our cultural, educational, and religious heritage, while considering it as one of our national resources
LEBANESE CITIZENS AGREE ON THE FACT THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS, AT THIS POINT, A STRONG PRESIDENT WITH A REPRESENTATIVE STATUS WHO IDENTIFIES WITH THEM AND THEIR ISSUES AND IS CAPABLE TO BUILD THE INSTITUTIONS
A strong president: the president’s power lies in his/her competence, integrity and courage in addressing the main issues and facing corruption and corrupt people.
My legal background and my experience in civil volunteerism as well as my work in developing laws and legislations strengthen my ability to run for the elections. My academic and professional experience support my candidature, in addition to my spotless record and the fact that my hands are free from blood or the public’s money.
This candidature in itself represents courage and a leap that strives to breach the political class and break the patriarchal, sectarian and feudal trait that is incarnated in the political game.
- A STRONG PRESIDENT IS A PRESIDENT WHO RESEMBLES HIS/HER COUNTRY
Consequently, if we want a free, sovereign and independent Lebanon then we shall choose a male or female President that possesses these qualities.
- A PRESIDENT WITH REPRESENTATIVE STATUS
Some question my representative status of the Christian community. I do not strive to represent a certain religion or sect. I aim at representing all Lebanese people. I represent theoverwhelming majority, in all the neighborhoods, villages and cities, the far north and the far south, and the expatriates. I am a Lebanese civilian who follows the green signals communicated only by the Lebanese people and not those transmitted by other countries.
- A PRESIDENT WHO IDENTIFIES WITH CIVILIANS AND THEIR ISSUES
My candidature aspires to relieve civilians from their daily struggle: I spend three hours in traffic every day and I fear the electricity might go off when I am in the elevator. My candidature incarnates a mother who is worried about her children and is worried they might immigrate. A mother who feels insulted and feels the burden of injustice when she realizes she is a second class citizen and cannot pass on her nationality to her children because her husband is not Lebanese. My candidature is a lawyer’s reaction to the humiliation in conducting transactions and the failure of laws, as well as the political pressures exerted on justice.My candidature is also a civilian’s reaction to suffering from corruption and corrupt people who deal with this country as if it were merely a product to buy and sell and not a social contract between people who agreed to serve it and invest in its humanitarian, natural and cultural resources.
- A PRESIDENT WHO IS ABLE TO BUILD INSTITUTIONS
To end our daily suffering, we need non-paralyzed institutions similar to those built by President Fouad Chehab adopting the virtues in the Chehabi plan while excluding its vices.
CANDIDATE NADINE MOUSSA PLEDGES TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING PROMISES DURING HER MANDATE.
1- The first promise is personal, easy to achieve with little effort. It shall aim at lifting the bank secrecy on my personal accounts, those of my relatives and my staff. This step represents the beginning of the fight against corruption which is spread in our political class.
2- To form a government that has two priorities: maintaining security and holding the parliamentary elections 7 months following the start of my mandate, in accordance with a new electoral law, preferably based on proportionality
3- To stimulate the new parliament to start a legislative workshop and issue executive laws that organize the state’s work, following the necessity to go back to a constitutional reform program and the issuance of executive constitutional laws. The Constitution is the framework, but it needs executive laws:
- A law organizing the presidential departments and their work
- An electoral law to ensure the parliamentary system, its monitoring and accountability
- A law organizing the work of the council of ministers, as it constitutes the executive power
- A law organizing the Prime Minister’s departments and their work
- A law achieving the judiciary power’s independence, while maintaining the concept of separation of powers and subjecting officials and civilians to the rule of law
- A law organizing the LAF in accordance with the Constitution and the National Agreement
- A law organizing security apparatuses (army intelligence, general security, state security and their links to all authorities)
- A law organizing the state’s administration (ministries, administrations and ministries’ structure)
- The administrative decentralization policy
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