General Policies

Politically

Undivided Sovereignty: Lebanon is a sovereign State throughout its territory. It does not share its sovereignty with any external or internal forces. This means restricting the possession and use of arms to the Lebanese State and its constitutional security apparatus – including arms owned by private and paramilitary groups – in addition to controlling the borders and arming and equipping the national armed forces.

Strengthening the independence of the judiciary: We believe in the need to protect the judiciary by freeing it from the guardianship of the executive, political and religious authorities, and to establish the principle of competence and impartiality in judicial progression and appointments, to be carried out within the mechanisms of the independent judiciary on the basis of the criteria of transparency and efficiency, outside the framework of political and sectarian quota influence. We cite the many cases of corruption and the Beirut Port explosion as examples of political interference in the judiciary system

Separation of powers: We believe that the principle of the strict separation of powers, including the separation of the Legislative and Executive powers and the adoption of the Law on the Independence of the Judiciary, should be firmly applied.

Democratic political approach: We believe that there is a need for governments that are formed around a common social, environmental and economic project, working to implement it within the democratic constitutional frameworks, so that the majority can govern while the minority engage in constructive opposition, outside the framework of Governments of national accord, which have strengthened political and sectarian barriers and contributed to crippling any possibility of accountability.

Inalienable public and private freedoms: We believe in a State that protects public and private freedoms, including freedom of belief and expression.

Lebanese Constitution: The Taif Accord was an entry point for ending the Civil War. Despite the urgent need to improve it in order to establish the concepts of citizenship and the modern civilian State, the current presence of Lebanese and foreign paramilitary armed forces on one hand and the system of corruption at the heart of political life on the other hand upset the balance of power and make a new social contract under the influence of armed groups impossible. Therefore, the Lebanese constitution must not be touched before the sovereign issue is resolved, the armaments are restricted to the constitutional forces, and the system of corruption is dismantled.

Foreign relations in Lebanon’s interest: Being a founding member of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, we believe that Lebanon’s best interest, security, development and future of its citizens and the prosperity of its economy lie in strengthening its sovereignty and in moving away from any alignment with regional political axes, in addition to supporting a policy of positive neutrality in regional and international conflicts, while strengthening Lebanon’s regional and international relations based on partnership and mutual respect. In the human segment, we stand by the oppressed regardless of political alignments.

Economically and Socially

A productive economic system: The disadvantages of the rentierist economic model, the risks surrounding it and its destructive effect on wealth in Lebanon have clearly emerged. The model should therefore be changed to avoid excessive reliance on rentierism that contributed to the expansion of political dependency networks and corruption. We believe in a free economy based on individual initiative, which benefits from Lebanon’s competitive advantages, to limit the export of its youth and to stimulate national production and create jobs for everyone. Hence, we will focus on policies that support the diverse productive sectors of services, industry, agriculture, information technology and human capital-building, which will increase our resilience to face any internal and external political tremors.

Necessary economic reforms: We believe that the path to economic rehabilitation begins with the restructuring of the banking and monetary sectors and the equitable distribution of financial losses without touching on depositors’ funds. We also believe that there is a need to restructure the electricity sector, to invest in renewable energy, and to restructure the public sector and reduce waste and inefficiency by liberating it from sectarian and political quota, corruption and theft, by holding unproductive employees accountable and by prioritizing investment in infrastructure, education, health and social safety nets within a sustainable macroeconomic framework in order to promote long-term growth. The necessary reforms require a legislative workshop that provides guarantees to depositors and investors in order to rebuild the economy, while rebuilding confidence.

A social system that guarantees equal opportunities: With the adoption of a free economy that promotes individual initiative, we believe in the need to adopt a system of social protection that will guarantee the decent provision of the economic and social rights to vulnerable groups. This system ensures access to basic services such as education and health care for the entire population.

Public sector restructuring: Our vision is to restructure the public sector as a key entry point for the functioning of State departments and institutions and to contribute to a qualitative shift in the citizen’s relationship with the State, based on transparency, productivity, speed and ease of transactions, which is directly reflected in the efficiency and productivity of the economy.

Fair tax system: We will work to implement an effective tax system that respects the principles of justice and equity and provides financial resources to ensure the sustainable provision of basic services such as education, security and universal health care for all citizens. However, a tax system system must also remain a catalyst for investments in the Lebanese economy.

Modern education system: Education is essential to a developed and productive society, and thus it is not possible to build a solid economy and a cohesive society without developing and protecting the Lebanese educational system and modernizing the curriculum to take into account the thinking, spirit and knowledge of the current times. Investment in human wealth and the knowledge economy is a solid foundation for any sustainable development.

Comprehensive planning: We believe that long-term as well as medium-term and short-term plans based on reinstating the role of urban and territorial planning should be developed through the revision of the comprehensive plans for the protection of Lebanon’s natural, economic, agricultural, environmental and other assets, in conjunction with the preparation of extensive studies on infrastructure development in order to keep pace with the modern developed countries and to lead an industrial and digital revolution throughout the Lebanese economy.

Local Development

Sustainable productive sectors in all corners of the country: In sustainable local development, we aim to develop a policy that encourages productive investments in the agricultural, industrial and tourism sectors in order to immunize society against political and economic volatility, in response to the policy of systematic deprivation and poverty and political negativity.

Expanded Decentralization

Approval and implementation of expanded decentralization: Decentralization contributes to balanced development, strengthening the capacity of parties to lead local development, bringing decision-making closer to the people and restoring confidence in administrative transparency, especially in areas far from the capital and other major cities.

Environmentally

Environmental protection: Environmental diversity from the sea to the mountain is a fundamental characteristic and invaluable asset of Lebanon. We therefore believe in the development of plans for the protection of biodiversity as a national duty. We also adopt regulations and plans based on sustainable development and use of natural resources. This will contribute to the long term safeguard of our environmental assets and the creation of an economic-environmental balance that will contribute to limiting climate change.