On April 2nd, the Lebanese Forces commemorated the party’s disbanding.
As part of the proceedings, many people spoke about the importance of this party in the lives of many Lebanese and its vital role in the many years that it has been active. I will not go into those speeches, but they were very engaging. At one point a priest told a story about a woman who asked to go into a solitary cell at a convent. Three days later, she came out and told this priest how horrible those three days were and she wondered how the Lebanese Forces leader, Samir Geagea, could handle staying in worse conditions for more than seven years at the time. Geagea ended up being imprisoned in solitary confinement for over 11 years.
The Lebanese Forces have always been a highly organized party, as evident by their many events and the acclaim they get based on their level of organization.
However, that’s not where they’re pioneering. After all, many other parties in Lebanon are highly organized, albeit in a different way.
The Lebanese Forces are set to become the first party in Lebanon where the base elects the party’s leader. And that to me, is pioneering.
How many parties in Lebanon that claim “change and reform” have ventured into this step? None. Their leaders are trying to assign next of kin to follow in their footsteps instead.
Details about becoming a member of the Lebanese Forces party are still not available, nor are details about how this voting will proceed. A party representative has revealed, however, that there will be a broad meeting on April 15th and 16th to discuss the proposed changes on the party’s by-laws, after which the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Samir Geagea, and his VP, George Adwan, will present their resignations.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for parties in Lebanon. Others should definitely follow suite. After all, isn’t with voting that change truly happens?