Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut s southern suburbs, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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After the parliamentary elections, Hezbollah will focus on state building and combating corruption, having cemented its role a resistance movement, Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said Thursday.On this front, Qassem said that Hezbollah was open to discuss the national defense strategy that could be addressed after the elections.Hezbollah's push for change, however, could be confronted by the post-elections challenge of forming a new Cabinet.Hezbollah, Qassem added, was also undecided over whether it will support Prime Minister Saad Hariri for premiership again.However, Qassem affirmed that Hezbollah was not in the process of bringing together its allies within one framework, similar to what was known as the March 8 alliance.Qassem maintained that even if Hezbollah loses or gains MPs, that won't impact the party's political position or effectiveness.
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