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Jumblatt says too early to decide electoral alliances

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, receives Progressive Socialist Party Leader MP Walid Jumblatt in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: It is too early to decide on electoral alliances for the coming parliamentary polls scheduled to take place in June 2013, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in remarks published Wednesday.

“Such alliances will be addressed in time. The main concern for now is inter-dialogue, elections are just a passing phase,” said the PSP leader, who spoke to As-Safir newspaper.

Jumblatt described his Tuesday meeting with Future Movement leader Sadd Hariri as “friendly, frank and important.”

“We agreed on some ideas and other issues need more debate,” Jumblatt said.

The thirty-minute meeting that gathered the two leaders was held in Paris, where Jumblatt on Monday met with the French president Francois Hollande.

Jumblatt said that he agreed with Hariri on a united stance that rejects the adoption of the Orthodox Gathering proposal because “it harms Lebanon’s national pact.”

The proposal put forward by the Maronite church and the Orthodox Gathering has gained the support of the four major Christian parties in the country.

However, the proposal, which stipulates each sect vote for its own MPs under a proportional representation system and Lebanon as one district, was rejected by Hariri’s Future Movement, the PSP, President Michel Sleiman Prime Minister Najib Mikati and a number of independent Christian figures.

 

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