Jumblatt Calls For A New President That Is Not Affiliated With A Party

EuroNews | Qifa Nabki

Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader Walid Jumblatt slammed Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) chief Gebran Bassil, accusing him, along with President Michel Aoun, of obstructing reforms, especially in the energy sector.

Jumblatt criticized Lebanese Forces (LF) leader Samir Geagea and considered that Geagea has made it possible for Aoun to become President.

He said Geagea easily accuses others of treason. “I do not dare to name a President, I am afraid I would be dubbed as a traitor,” Jumblatt stated after Geagea had said that the parties that will prevent the opposition from electing a new sovereign president, would be traitors.

“I do not agree with Geagea that the next president must be confrontational,” Jumblatt added.

“The next president must be capable of managing the crisis, and must have an economic and political background, without being affiliated to a party,” he went on to say, adding that he doesn’t support the election of al-Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh as President.

He added that the opposition forces are still negligible while Hezbollah and its allies can easily choose the President they want in the coming presidential poll.

Jumblatt considered that the priority now is for the reforms in the energy and banking sectors over political issues like Hezbollah’s disarmament and the border demarcation.

It is worth noting that Jumblatt had met last week with a Hezbollah delegation in Beirut.

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