Khalil says Shiite Duo ready to elect Franjieh without FPM, LF votes
Hezbollah and the Amal Movement are willing to push for Suleiman Franjieh’s election as president with 65 votes even if he does not win the support of any of the two main Christian blocs – the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, MP Ali Hassan Khalil said overnight.
“If Suleiman Franjieh gathers 65 votes without the two Christian blocs, we will push for his election, seeing as our priority is consensus, but when the battle becomes a battle of numbers, each side would do what its interest dictates,” Khalil said in an interview with MTV.
“Who said that Franjieh will not receive any vote from the two Christian blocs?” Khalil added.
The lawmaker also said that it is “too early” to “declare that Franjieh’s election is impossible,” hinting that Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat is willing to endorse the Marada Movement chief’s nomination at the right time.