BEIRUT: Politicians, diplomats and long lines of mourners flocked to the Chouf Mountain town of Mukhtara Wednesday for the funeral service of Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt’s mother.
May, the widow of renowned Druze leader late Kamal Jumblatt, and daughter of prominent Druze politician the late Shakib Arslan, died Monday night at 85-years-old.
Among the lawmakers who visited the family palace in Mukhtara Wednesday were caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Hezbollah delegation headed by MP Mohammad Raad as well as representatives of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.
A Lebanese Forces delegation headed by MP Strida Geagea and a huge delegation of Future Movement lawmakers also were present at Mukhtara palace.
The newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale also went to Mukhtara to pay condolences to Jumblatt.
Receiving condolences with Jumblatt were Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hasan as well as Jumblatt’s sons, Taymour and Aslan, and PSP MPs and Cabinet ministers.
The funeral service began at 12 p.m. and May, who came from the well-known Lebanese Druze Arslan family, was buried in the family cemetery in Mukhtara.
May was married to the founder of the PSP, Kamal Jumblatt, from a prominent Druze family who was a distinguished politician and thinker in Lebanon. She is survived by their only son, Walid.