Lebanon Elections

Opposition to Hezbollah-Amal list in Baalbeck-Hermel 'allies of Daesh and Nusra': Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a ceremony marking Jerusalem Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Thursday that those opposed to Hezbollah and the Amal Movement’s joint electoral list in the Baalbeck-Hermel region were allies of terrorist organizations.

“We will not allow those who are allied with the Nusra Front [now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham] and Daesh [ISIS] to represent the people of Baalbeck-Hermel,” Nasrallah said during a private address to residents of the region, as quoted Friday in local daily Al-Akhbar.

Nasrallah’s address focused on elections in the region, which are set to be heavily contested by a range of parties and civil society groups.

Nasrallah also reportedly said that the groups contesting the Hezbollah-Amal list, dubbed the “Hope and Loyalty” list, had provided arms to terrorist organizations previously in the area.

Between 2014 and 2017, militants belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Daesh were entrenched along Lebanon’s northeastern border. They were pushed out of the country last summer by Army and Hezbollah offensives.

Nasrallah Thursday urged Hezbollah supporters to turn out to vote, and said he himself would travel to villages and towns in the region in order to secure favorable election results if necessary, “no matter the cost, and no matter what harm it may cause to me.”

Elections are set to be held on May 6 under a new proportional law, which replaced a controversial majoritarian system dating from 1960.

The law is expected to split seats in districts among more groups than before, potentially allowing for other parties to encroach on Hezbollah and Amal’s de-facto control of the entire region.

 

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