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Jumblatt derides degradation of Lebanese politics

  • Walid Jumblatt attends a ceremony in Beirut, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Monday said sarcastically that fate had spared his late father Kamal Jumblatt from witnessing the unprecedented degradation of politics in Lebanon.

“Maybe the timing [of his death] spared him the experience of witnessing the unprecedented degradation in Lebanese politics, which has regressed to new lows with the absence of political morals that he [Kamal Jumblatt] always adhered to,” Jumblatt wrote in his weekly editorial at PSP’s Al-Anbaa newspaper.

His comments came one day after the 37th anniversary of the assassination of his father, a political leader and thinker who founded the PSP.

Jumblatt touched on the marathon session held by the Cabinet Friday, which led to the approval of its much-anticipated policy statement that included a compromise formula on the resistance clause.

The agreement came after long hours of backstage talks between rival ministers who also consulted with their leaders prior to the session.

The government narrowly met the 30-day deadline to approve the policy statement and was faced by resignation threats made by Prime Minister Tammam Salam in case no agreement was reached.

“Do we also remember trapping people in their cars for hours and hours because of security measures which accompanied the rally of poetry and eloquence during which the greatest speeches were made?” Jumblatt asked.

The PSP leader was referring to traffic congestion Beirut witnessed Friday as a result of security measures taken by Lebanese authorities during a March 14 rally at BIEL to mark the ninth anniversary of the coalition. Speaking during the event were March 14 leaders and officials

“Life is torture because we and the Lebanese have to endure these sophist Cabinet discussions and the fact that people have to be stuck on streets,” he said. “May God permit the soul of Kamal Jumblatt to rest in peace, fate took him away in the right moment.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 18, 2014, on page 4.
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Summary

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Monday said sarcastically that fate had spared his late father Kamal Jumblatt from witnessing the unprecedented degradation of politics in Lebanon.

The government narrowly met the 30-day deadline to approve the policy statement and was faced by resignation threats made by Prime Minister Tammam Salam in case no agreement was reached.

The PSP leader was referring to traffic congestion Beirut witnessed Friday as a result of security measures taken by Lebanese authorities during a March 14 rally at BIEL to mark the ninth anniversary of the coalition.


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