Future Movement: Relationship with Jumblatt cold


The Future Movement’s relationship with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt is “cold, but has not reached the point of cut-off,” Future Movement bloc MP Mohammad Hajjar said on Sunday.

“The Future Movement is not boycotting the PSP despite the new position that it has taken,” he told Voice of Lebanon .

Hajjar said outgoing PM Saad Hariri is the most popular Sunni leader and is politically the most suitable representative for the Sunni community , but weapons were used to force a change in the majority and the nomination of the PM designate Najib Mikati, came after pressuring Jumblatt and other MPs .

He said only time will tell if Mikati is going to be representing Hezbollah only or the whole country

Hajjar , a former member of Jumblatt’s defunct Democratic Gathering bloc said March 14 has delegated to Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel the role of negotiating with Mikati its conditions for participation in the cabinet.

The Iranian- and Syria-backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s ( STL) indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 .

Mikati, who was backed by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies including Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi, was appointed by president Michel Suleiman as PM-designate to form and head the next cabinet , giving Hezbollah and its allies increased leverage in the country and provoking widespread protests.