Ahmad Hariri speaks in Sidon, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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President Michel Aoun is starting to distance himself from Hezbollah despite the political alliance between the two sides, Future Movement Secretary-General Ahmad Hariri said. Speaking in an interview with The Daily Star, Hariri also said the Future Movement is seeking to forge alliances with other parties in the upcoming parliamentary elections, aiming to maintain a large bloc in the next Parliament and playing a leading role in the country's political life. Ahmad Hariri defended Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to replace some of current Future Movement MPs with new candidates for Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine year, scheduled for May 6 . During a Future rally last Sunday, the prime minister announced the names of 37 Future Movement candidates, including four women, to stand in the elections. Ahmad Hariri said that neither the Hezbollah-Amal Movement coalition, nor the Future Movement, would be able to win a majority of seats in the 128-member Parliament in the elections.Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement have been in a political alliance since Aoun, then FPM leader, and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah signed a 2006 memorandum of understanding.
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