PSP leader Walid Jumblatt leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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MP Walid Jumblatt, longtime politician and former warlord, announced in remarks published Thursday that he would refrain from running in the parliamentary elections, making way for his son, Taymour.In the wide-ranging interview with the pan-Arab paper, Jumblatt spoke about Iran's influence in Lebanon, saying Tehran would never abandon Hezbollah given its role in the Islamic Republic's military structure.Jumblatt also touched on Lebanon's presidential election stalemate and said Iran and Hezbollah were two major voters in the poll.The PSP leader was referring to Iran and Hezbollah's role in the Syrian crisis and said the two sides would invest any "strategic achievements" there in Lebanon's election.
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