Jumblatt refuses to resign from the cabinet


Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in an interview on LBC TV Thursday evening that in order to avoid a political vacuum in Lebanon his ministers will not quit from the current government .

“I will not resign from the cabinet and let the country face a political vacuum,” Jumblatt said on LBC’s Kalam al Ennas program in reference to the latest political crisis following the assassination of a top intelligence chief last week.

Jumblatt’s PSP is represented by three ministers in the current cabinet which is headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

The PSP leader revealed that former Pm and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri contacted him and asked him to withdraw his ministers from the cabinet under the pretext that “the Lebanese] Sunnis are being killed.”

Jumblatt said that he responded to Hariri’s plea by noting that the whole country is in danger, not only the Sunnis, and that he wanted to disrupt the exclusive hegemony that the opposing March 14 and March 8 factions wanted to impose over the state.

“No Lebanese political party can rule Lebanon all by itself – neither Hezbollah nor the Future Movement.” Jumblatt stressed

Jumblatt also said that the attempt to break into the Grand Serail on Sunday following the funeral of Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was a “mistake,” and expressed regret that the funeral took on a sectarian dimension.

“He was working for the interest of Lebanon’s security. It was wrong to give the funeral a sectarian dimension.”

“The biggest mistake was in considering Hassan as the martyr of the Sunnis. He is the martyr of Lebanon as a whole,” jumblatt added.