Bassil on Soleimani's Remarks: We're Not Submissive to Anyone
Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil stressed Tuesday that the Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc is “independent,” after a senior Iranian general counted it as part of Hizbullah's share in the new parliament.
“We are an independent bloc that reached parliament with its own strength. We are not submissive to anyone and no one is submissive to us,” Bassil said after the bloc's weekly meeting, in an apparent response to General Qassem Soleimani's recent remarks.
“The parliament only contains political weights and no one has won the majority,” Bassil added.
In remarks that have sparked controversy in Lebanon, Soleimani has praised Hizbullah and its allies for making significant gains in last month's parliamentary elections, claiming that “Hizbullah has won 74 out of parliament's 128 seats.”