Walid Jumblatt attends a ceremony in Beirut, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt said Wednesday he had not yet formed any electoral alliances and would not agree to proposals of a five-party coalition if it came at the expense of a major party during a wide-ranging TV interview. Although Jumblatt didn't name the party in question, there has been talk of a five-way alliance in the Parliamentary election scheduled for May that would bring together the PSP, the Future Movement, Hezbollah, Amal and the Free Patriotic Movement, excluding the Lebanese Forces. Throughout the interview, Jumblatt continually referenced a "descending timer," when talking of Lebanon's national debt, estimated at over $80 billion, and said the electricity crisis was a prime contributor that cost the state Treasury around $30 billion over the past few years.Commenting on his son Taymour, who is expected to take the helm of the party in upcoming parliamentary elections, Jumblatt said he had been preparing his son through his "political experience," but that Taymour could speak for himself.Jumblatt said he was interested in renewing the blood of the PSP, to which Yacoubian interjected that he had only changed the face.Jumblatt said he stuck to his "old socialist," views.Jumblatt urged a change in aged political class.
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