Hizbullah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil announced Thursday that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun can be considered a “consensual” presidential candidate, describing the disagreement between the party and the movement over the extension of parliament’s term as a “minor” issue.
“Our meeting today was aimed at reiterating that the relation between Hizbullah and the FPM has surpassed the memorandum of understanding to become an ‘existential relation’,” said Khalil after meeting Aoun in Rabieh.
The talks were also attended by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and head of Hizbullah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit Wafiq Safa.
“The FPM and us have become one body,” Khalil added.
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by Hussein Dakroub, The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A war of words flared up Monday between MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement over the presidential deadlock, threatening to raise political tension in the volatile country and further complicate already stalled attempts to elect a new president.
Coupled with mounting security threats linked to the war in Syria, the political escalation, a norm in Lebanon’s turbulent history, reflected the state of disarray and divisions in the country following the rival parties’ failure to elect a president or hold parliamentary elections on time.
A number of Future lawmakers lashed out at Aoun, accusing him of losing his temper after the FPM leader charged that the Future Movement took orders from Riyadh and accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of vetoing his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading Michel Aoun: Decision On Lebanese Presidency Blocked by Saudi Arabia