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Fatfat says Jumblatt allying with
March 8, Abu Faour denies

Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat said in remarks published on Saturday that his party can no longer understand Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt’s logic, and accused the latter of joining the March 8 coalition.

 

“Jumblatt’s statements surpassed the limits, and he is no longer playing a centrist role. He decided to become a direct ally of Hezbollah and the March 8 coalition, not only concerning the cabinet formation but also in his political analyses,” Fatfat told Al-Joumhouria newspaper.

 

“Unfortunately, we can no longer understand Jumblatt’s [logic]. A week ago he said that Assad is a criminal who suffers from schizophrenia and now he says that the revolution was made with money,” Fatfat added.

 

Meanwhile, Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour, who is a member of the PSP, denied that there is a shift in Jumblatt’s stances and called on the March 14 figures to stop their “hateful explanations” of these stances.

 

“There is no shift towards any direction, but the one and only direction, which is to protect stability and protect Lebanon from disasters,” Abou Faour told An-Nahar newspaper.

 

“I call on some [figures] to stop their hateful comments [on Jumblatt’s stances],” he added.

 

He also said that the 9-6-9 lineup formula that gives both March 8 and March 14 coalitions nine ministers, and the centrists six was “the most suitable for the current period.”

 

“We want the upcoming cabinet to open the door for consensus and not clashes [among parties],” he said.

 

In remarks published Friday in As-Safir newspaper, Jumblatt voiced his support of the 9-6-9 ministerial lineup formula.

 

“The 8-8-8 formula is no longer valid… the best solution is the 9-6-9 formula which ensures a blocking third to Hezbollah and March 14, while not giving anyone the chance to control the government,” Jumblatt said.

 

The PSP chief reiterated the importance of forming the cabinet “as soon as possible,” and said that it was March 14’s responsibility to facilitate the cabinet lineup “given the conditions it sets and then takes back.”

 

Lebanon is still waiting for the formation of a new government by designate-PM Tammam Salam. Salam’s latest proposal is based on giving a third share to each of the opposing political blocks – March 14 and March 8, and a third share to centrists.

 

Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement are objecting to Salam’s proposal and are requesting a ministerial share that reflects the size of their parliamentary representation. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and other March 14 parties claim that they will not be part of a cabinet in which Hezbollah participates.

 

The Lebanese Forces party has advocated the formation of a technocratic government that would not include representatives of either March 8 or March 14.

Unfortunately, we can no longer understand Jumblatt’s [logic]. A week ago he said that Assad is a criminal who suffers from schizophrenia and now he says that the revolution was made with money.