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Jumblatt calls for compromise presidential candidate

Jumblatt: "In this phase that the East is witnessing, no one cares about Lebanon." (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt Saturday called for the election of a "compromise candidate" for the presidential post and said the purpose behind ISIS was to destroy Islam and rid the region of its minority groups.

While insisting that MP Henry Helou, a member of Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc, was his preferred candidate, Jumblatt stressed on the "need to search for a compromise candidate for the presidency."

"We can, as Lebanese, and we have the power to elect a made-in-Lebanon candidate. I am not one of these people waiting for a signal from abroad," Jumblatt told Sky News Arabia.

"In this phase that the East is witnessing, no one cares about Lebanon."

Touting Helou as a consensus figure, Jumblatt said the lawmaker was open to all Lebanese parties and sects.

In his interview, Jumblatt also spoke about the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), saying the extremist group targeted not only Lebanon but also Iraq, Kurdistan and Syria.

"It seems that the project to build an Islamic State in a destructive manner aims to destroy Islam, as a religion, and force the migration of minorities from the Middle East.”

The head of the Progressive Socialist Party also commented on the recent clashes along Lebanon's border between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria, saying the military was able to successfully confront the gunmen.

"Lebanon’s security is more important than anything else ... Lebanon and the Arab world are facing an existential threat."

 

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