MP Ghazi Aridi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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All Cabinet parties agree on the need to preserve the national unity government despite a recent war of words between Hezbollah and the Future Movement, a lawmaker from Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt's bloc said.Aridi said harsher remarks had been made by Cabinet parties previously but had been contained.In an indirect reference to Hezbollah, the MP said there was a group which did want parliamentary or presidential elections to be held because it was busy with more important and strategic issues.He also pointed to the Future Movement's rejection of taking part in parliamentary polls prior to the election of a president. Aridi also highlighted the importance of electing a president as soon as possible.Separately, Aridi said a visit that Jumblatt paid to the southern districts of Hasbaya and Arqoub last month were aimed at preserving calm in the area amid dramatic developments nearby on the Syrian side of the border.Aridi said that Jumblatt met political leaders and residents there in a bid to achieve two goals.Aridi added that Jumblatt's move was also part of his efforts to break the political deadlock.Jumblatt urged locals to resort to the state to solve any issue, expressing his opposition to private security measures, Aridi said.
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