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Officials unable to end political crisis: Jumblatt
File-  Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Walid Jumblatt speaks during a news conference in his house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)
File- Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Walid Jumblatt speaks during a news conference in his house in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo)
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BEIRUT: Lebanese officials are incapable of ending the country’s political stalemate because the crisis is caught in the grip of the nations’ struggle for power, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in remarks published Wednesday.

“The equation is bigger than us; President Michel Sleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam and I are working on the same level but we are all incapable of ending the standstill,” Jumblatt said in an interview with al-Akhbar newspaper.

“I do not have any solution, we are in the middle of the conflict between nations,” he added.

Jumblatt said that the “game of nations” dragged Lebanon into the turmoil in Syria, which is having a significant impact on the country.

“The ongoing conflict in Syria helped takfiris enter Lebanon and turn into suicide bombers,” Jumblatt said.

Jumblatt also said that the battles in Tripoli are an example of the conflict between the nations and a repercussion of the Syrian crisis as he called for reconciliation in the northern city.

“Tripoli is an example of the situation in Syrian villages such as Qalamoun, Homs and Aleppo,” he said.

“Tripoli today is governed by the flow of money, which is representing the ongoing conflict between Alawite and Salafist powers,” Jumblatt added.

Although skeptical of the officials’ ability to control the situation in Tripoli, Jumblatt called for a truce between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

“The leaders of the two neighborhoods should carry out reconciliation,” Jumblatt said, describing the situation in Tripoli as “unacceptable.”

Tripoli has been caught in the grip of intermittent clashes linked to the Syrian crisis between opponents and supporters of the Assad regime for over two years now.

The latest round of clashes erupted Saturday leaving 13 people dead and scores wounded.

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