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FPM no longer wants to defend
Hezbollah’s arms, MP says

BEIRUT – Future bloc MP Ammar Houri claimed that March 8’s Free Patriotic Movement has reached the conclusion that the state must no longer uphold the status of its ally Hezbollah’s arsenal.

 

“The FPM is now convinced that the unity [of the Army-People-Resistance] in the ministerial statement is no longer in effect,” Houri said on Sunday in comments made to Voice of Lebanon (93.3) radio.

 

He added that the Future Movement and the FPM have reached an “understanding” regarding the cabinet formation and the ministerial statement, “but have not yet reached an agreement concerning the presidency of the republic.”

 

After almost eleven months of bickering, a new unity cabinet was announced on Saturday.

 

The cabinet included all Lebanese parties, except for the Lebanese Forces, which maintained its stance against participating in a cabinet that includes ministers representing Hezbollah.

The FPM is now convinced that the unity of the Army-People-Resistance in the ministerial statement is no longer in effect.