Jumblat Hails Franjieh's 'Frank' Interview

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat praised on Friday the interview given by Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, deeming his remarks as “realistic.”

He said via Twitter: “His interview was frank and steered away from the empty political slogans of some officials.”

He also lauded Franjieh's “practical approach” on various issues.

“The joining of opposing forces in obstructing the presidential elections is harming Lebanon's stability, institutions, and economy,” he added.

Franjieh gave a much anticipated television interview on Thursday during which he announced his candidacy for the presidency.

He addressed a number of issues, most notably ties with his ally in the March 8 camp, Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun, who is also a presidential candidate.

Franjieh's nomination alongside Aoun has drawn speculation of differences between the two officials.

The Marada leader described on Thursday his ties with the lawmaker as “abnormal,” and that they have been that way for two years.

Franjieh emerged as presidential candidate as part of an initiative launched by Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri aimed at ending the political deadlock in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended without the election of a successor.

Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over compromise candidate have thwarted the polls.

M.T.

D.A.

Comments 5
Missing humble over 4 years

Jumbo: why can't you chose between courage and cowardness?

Thumb thepatriot over 4 years

He chose opportunism.

Thumb sophia_angle over 4 years

jomb, berri, harriri, franji & co. they want elec law 60. proport.law will loose them their title of "za3im". (byby el wirasa el siyasiya ovrira! )

Default-user-icon Fabian (Guest) over 4 years

Talking about "obstructionist" ya Walid. You were the first one obstructed by nominating Henri Helou. It was obvious this snake does not want neither Geagea nor Aoun. I never trusted this snake. I never trusted socialist/communist anyways. Him & Berri are the kingmakers.

Thumb ado.australia over 4 years

Just like Walid Jumblatt's father, Kamal Jumblatt decided to vote for President Sueliman Franjieh in 1970 against Elias Sarkis... So does Walid Jumblatt decide to vote for his grandson! Deja Vue, broken record etc etc! What a sad and useless government that can only agree to extend their own terms and elect the usual suspects!

A military coup please to cleanse us of these scum!