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Tuesday, 04 August 2009

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BEIRUT – In an interview with iloubnan.info, March 14 coalition secretariat general coordinator Fares Soueid stated on Tuesday that Democratic Gathering bloc leader MP Walid Jumblatt “fears any attack on his personal security. He seeks protection against Hezbollah, thus, he works on normalizing his relations with the party and Syria as well”. 

Soueid noted that “the coalition expected such a stance from Jumblatt, but the way he expressed it and the timing he chose had a shocking effect within the coalition’s public”. He said that stance deeply afflicted Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri as he was putting big efforts to form the new Cabinet. He also signaled that Jumblatt’s stance was due to the different approaches as for the way to deal with the big future issues, namely the way to contain and adapt to the repercussions of the International Tribunal. “The problem is with Hezbollah, not Jumblatt. The latter yet prefers the civil peace rather than the International Tribunal, which we totally reject”, he added.

Asked about Progressive Socialist Party leader’s call to put an end to March 14 formation, the coalition’s secretariat general coordinator pointed out that “the secretariat is facing an important campaign of harsh criticism because it seeks to dismantle any potential attempt to whatsoever confrontation with March 8 coalition”. He then stated that “voices will soon cry loud the dissolution of March 14 the secretariat general”.

March 14 official concluded that Future Movement statement was very important, clear, straight and precise, because it put dots on “I’s” and ended all media debates and political higher bids.
 
http://www.iloubnan.info/politics/actualite/id/36959/lebanon/Soueid-to-iloubnan.info:-Jumblatt-seeks-self-protection-at-the-expense-of-the-International-Tribunal 

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Jumblat: March 14 to Remain a Majority in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat said following his announcement that he was terminating his alliance with March 14 forces that the coalition will remain a majority in Lebanon, stressing that he will not join the Opposition.

Jumblat, in remarks published by several Lebanese newspapers on Tuesday, said his Sunday announcement "will not change the Cabinet lineup."

"The majority will remain a majority," he said, stressing his keenness to ensure the success of efforts undertaken by President Michel Suleiman toward a speedy government formation.

"I did not submit a request for affiliation to March 8 Forces," Jumblat said in one of his interviews.

He urged a rapid formation of a national unity government.

"We need to see progress toward government formation, and that is in everybody's interest," Jumblat said.

Jumblat on Monday said he was going independent and would join President Michel Suleiman.

"I am an independent. I will not affiliate with any other team. I will join the President who is the guarantor," Jumblat said in an interview with MTV late Monday.

He pointed that a number of MPs within his Democratic Gathering bloc would vote in favor of the majority.

The Druze leader on Sunday announced that his alliance with March 14 forces had been "out of necessity and must not continue."

On Monday evening Jumblat called on the Iranian embassy in Beirut where Ambassador Mohammed Riza Shibani extended him an invitation to visit Tehran. And on Tuesday, Jumblat is expected to visit the Beirut headquarters of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party for talks with its leader MP Assaad Hardan. 

Beirut, 04 Aug 09, 08:25

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&CBBA4F8F4F4CB498C225760800285A5B

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Jumblat: I Will Not Affiliate with Another Camp, I will Join the President Instead

MP Walid Jumblat stressed a day after he announced he was terminating his alliance with the majority March 14 coalition that he was going independent and would not affiliate with any political camp, but rather join President Michel Suleiman.

"I am an independent. I will not affiliate with any other team. I will join the President who is the guarantor," Jumblat said in an interview with MTV late Monday.

"I will see an appropriate time to vote in Parliament or in Cabinet," he added.

Jumblat pointed, however, that a number of MPs within his Democratic Gathering bloc would vote in favor of the majority.

The Druze leader on Sunday announced that his alliance with March 14 forces had been "out of necessity and must not continue." 
 
 

Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 20:26

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&CA92B6D43D2664E1C2257607005F249D

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Abul Gheit: Jumblat Seeking Domestic Consensus

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said any shift by MP Walid Jumblat "will be a shift toward Lebanese consensus."

Abul Gheit stressed Egypt's support for the "current Lebanese government" and for "Lebanese consensus."

"All Egypt is seeking is to preserve a unified and independent Lebanon able to reflect its local, regional and Arab role within Lebanon and without tension," he told a news conference on Monday.

Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 22:08

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/A9D26EFBD84485F6C225760800277B19?OpenDocument

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March 14 Acknowledges Differences in Views with Jumblat, Yet Would Keep his Place

March 14 Forces downplayed the significance of remarks by Druze leader Walid Jumblat on terminating his alliance with the ruling coalition.

"There is significant difference in views with MP Walid Jumblat," March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soaid said.

"We refuse, however, to engage in a dispute with him," Soaid said in remarks to several newspapers, adding that Jumblat's position will "continue to be preserved within March 14."

"What he said was considered in the context of self-criticism within a narrow political party," he stressed.

Soaid said intensive overnight contacts with Progressive Socialist Party officials confirmed that Jumblat was still part of March 14 forces.

He pointed that difference in views with Jumblat revolved around the Special Tribunal for Lebanon where the Druze leader believes that "civil peace is more important than justice."

Soaid said he believed this was done under pressure from Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

In May, Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine said that the U.N. commission probing the Hariri murder had new evidence that Hizbullah Special Forces "planned and executed" the Beirut car bombing on February 14, 2005.

Nasrallah said at the time that the report was clearly aimed at sowing discord between the country's Sunnis and the Shiites.
Jumblat had since been warning against a Sunni-Shiite rift.

The Druze leader on Sunday announced that his alliance with March 14 forces had been "out of necessity and must not continue."

Jumblat stressed the need to reconsider formation a new coalition on a national level "to get rid of bias and prevent sliding into the (political) right."

He was addressing the opening of the PSP's extraordinary general assembly at Beirut's Beau Rivage hotel.


The PSP leader said he believed that March 14's battle "did not enjoy political context."

"Our battle was built on the rejection of the other from a sectarian, tribal and political perspective," he said, calling for a return to "our principles and to the leftist" roots.

Jumblat described his visit to Washington as a "black point." But said his only concern was the international tribunal which was set to try suspected in the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri.
 
Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 08:22

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&CA92B6D43D2664E1C2257607005F249D

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Hamadeh: Jumblat's Stances Not Blow against Coalition

MP Marwan Hamadeh said Monday that he had been in the picture that Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat has a trend toward independence from the ruling March 14 coalition.

"What is happening is an interpretation of the party's independence, and does not mean a blow against the majority which PM-designate Saad Hariri enjoys," Hamadeh told LBC TV.

Political sources have expressed fear that Jumblat's announcement of terminating his alliance with March 14 forces could lead to repercussions and a standstill over Cabinet formation.

An Nahar daily on Monday quoted officials as speaking of a major setback, raising the possibility that some Opposition forces could use Jumblat's remarks to challenge the continuation of the majority's cover for Hariri in his mission.

They argued that Jumblat's 11-strong parliamentary bloc could decrease the number of the majority from 71 to 60 in the event that the Druze leader officially decided to walk out of the March 14 alliance.

This could lead to the emergence of "different reality" than that consolidated by parliamentary elections "even if the majority still beat the Opposition which has 57 deputies," An Nahar said.

It quoted sources close to Jumblat as confirming that the PSP leader will not quit March 14 forces, adding that the number of majority MPs will remain the same.

The sources denied that the Jumblat was going to withdraw his 11 MPs from the ruling majority.

"This is something out of the question," one source told An Nahar. 

Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 11:53
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/3892FC59F47F4812C2257607003106FC?OpenDocument

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Jumblat: Many of My Slogans Weren't Welcomed by my Supporters

Progressive Socialist Party leader snapped back at al-Mustaqbal movement's statement Sunday night, saying his latest remarks were only aimed at reviving his party although he admitted that several of his stances weren't welcomed by his supporters.

"Aren't I allowed on a party occasion … to remind of the party's history and push it for revival?" Jumblat wondered.

He told As Safir newspaper late Sunday that he will "avoid entering into an argument with al-Mustaqbal movement pending an explanation."

"It's ok if some want to remind of their history, but on condition of not going back to the shameful history in which many were partners in putting their personal interest above the nation's interest," the movement said on Sunday.

"I don't understand this logic. If the (al-Mustaqbal) statement was issued as a reaction to my stance from 'Lebanon First,' then it isn't worth this fury," the Druze leader told As Safir in remarks published Monday.

Asked if he was planning to set up a new national movement, he said that he was for now concerned with "restructuring the party on the basis of historic principles."

Jumblat stressed to al-Akhbar newspaper that his speech on Sunday, which drew al-Mustaqbal's reaction, was aimed at reminding of PSP's historic principles. "My cause is Arabism and Palestine," he said.

The party's restructuring will focus on "educating the masses through a plan that extends for three years," the Druze leader told al-Akhbar.

He said many slogans weren't welcomed by his supporters on Sunday because of the "big differences between tentative speech and pragmatism."

He said there is also a huge difference between the morals of the PSP from one part and Phalange and Lebanese Forces on the other. "We only came together because of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination."

Al-Akhbar said Jumblat will visit the headquarters of the Syrian Social National Party in Raouche mid-next week to meet with the party's leader, MP Assaad Hardan. 

Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 08:59
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/C2F9D741B6BD5B67C2257607002033BB?OpenDocument

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Al-Mustaqbal to Jumblat: Each Party Has the Right to Adopt its Own Stance

In an indirect response to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat, al-Mustaqbal movement said Sunday that each political party has the right to adopt its own stance.

"Al-Mustaqbal movement believes in the right of each political party to adopt the stance and slogans that it wants," it said in a statement. "However, the interest of the Lebanese citizen comes before any other party or movement."

Jumblat announced Sunday that his alliance with March 14 forces was driven by "necessity" and must not continue in the same form.

"Our battle was built on the rejection of the other from a sectarian, tribal and political perspective," the MP told PSP's extraordinary general assembly, calling for a return to "our principles and to the left."

"The March 14 forces never rejected the other," al-Mustaqbal's statement said.

The coalition always called for the implementation of the Taef accord and the constitution, according to al-Mustaqbal, which also stressed that "Lebanon First" will remain its slogan.

"It's ok if some want to remind of their history, but on condition of not going back to the shameful history in which many were partners in putting their personal interest above the nation's interest," the movement added.

Beirut, 02 Aug 09, 20:31

http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/073444E215269950C2257606005F9858?OpenDocument

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Jumblat Won't Visit Syria Before Hariri Does, Sources

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat reportedly stressed he was not planning a visit to Damascus before PM-designate Saad Hariri does.

Pan-Arab daily al-Hayat quoted a Progressive Socialist Party source as saying that Jumblat made his comment during Sunday's opening of the PSP General Assembly.

"We have to turn a page on the past based on mutual respect," Jumblat said, according to the sources.

On his stance form Hizbullah weapons, Jumblat said: "It is true that we used to call for disarming Hizbullah, given that these arms are a threat to Lebanon and as long as the decision of war and peace is in its hand."

"Back then we used to see things in one eye. But now, we should also take into account Israeli violations of Lebanon," Jumblat was quoted as saying.
 
Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 11:14
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/EF22790AAC078F16C2257607002D7BA6?OpenDocument

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Berri: Jumblat's Remarks Could Have Repercussions for March 14

Speaker Nabih Berri said that remarks by MP Walid Jumblat on terminating his alliance with March 14 forces could have repercussions for the ruling majority coalition.

"I expect MP Jumblat's stance to have repercussions for March 14," given his major weight in the alliance, Berri told the daily As Safir in remarks published Monday.

He believed that a one-third guarantor within the government was no longer valid since Jumblat's three Cabinet seats "will not be calculated on the majority."

Berri, in separate remarks published by pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, said he was still optimistic about the formation of a national unity government "as soon as possible."

He stressed there were no obstacles facing the Cabinet lineup.

"I have said that the parliamentary elections will open a new political phase and that we will reach agreement on a formula on government formation that does not distinguish between March 8 and March 14 forces.

"This is what is happening now, not just at Jumblat's level, but at the level of most of the main political parties." 

Beirut, 03 Aug 09, 09:03
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/3B4C8D42810B8FD1C22576070025A974?OpenDocument

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Jumblat Reevaluates March 14 Alliance: It Was driven by Necessity and Must Not Continue

MP Walid Jumblat announced Sunday that his alliance with March 14 forces was driven by "necessity" and must not continue in the same form.

He was addressing the opening of the Progressive Socialist Party's extraordinary general assembly.

"Our alliance with March 14 forces was driven by necessity and must not continue," Jumblat said, stressing the need "to rethink a new formation that would provide a way out of bias and prevent being pulled toward the (political) right."

He said he believed that March 14's battle "did not enjoy political context."

"Our battle was built on the rejection of the other from a sectarian, tribal and political perspective," he said, calling for a return to "our principles and to the left."

The PSP leader described his visit to Washington as a "black point." But said his only concern was the Special Tribunal for Lebanon which should unveil the truth and bring about stability.

Beirut, 02 Aug 09, 12:53
 
http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/913E0E27864CECE2C22576060035A491?OpenDocument

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