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Aoun thanks Hezbollah for support

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said Hezbollah's MPs will vote for Aoun in the vote scheduled for October 31.

Nasrallah and Aoun. (AFP/Joseph Barrak)

BEIRUT – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun has thanked Hezbollah for supporting his candidacy as presidents, hours after the leader of the Shiite party announced his MPs would go to parliament to vote in their long-time ally.

 

“We came tonight to thank Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for helping to resolve [the presidential deadlock] that has been intractable and giving [support] to resolve this issue,” the Christian politician said after a Sunday night meeting with the Hezbollah chief.

 

“We reached a happy ending, and we hope matters are complete,” Aoun added.

 

Hezbollah issued a statement that Nasrallah met with Aoun and his son-in-law Gebran Bassil, the president of the FPM, to discuss the “latest political developments in Lebanon and the region.”

 

Lebanon’s nearly 30 month political impasse over the election of a president looks set for a resolution on October 31, when the country’s parliament is scheduled to meet for the historic vote, which was facilitated by Future Movement leader Saad Hariri’s backing for Aoun last week.

 

Nasrallah on Sunday said in televised address that his party welcomed Hariri’s move, despite what he called “escalations and attacks” in the top Sunni politician’s speech.

 

The Hezbollah chief also acknowledged that Hariri made a “political sacrifice” to support Aoun, a bitter rival, but added that his own party was making a sacrifice by not opposing Hariri becoming prime minister.

 

Nasrallah’s Shiite ally, the Amal Movement, has vociferously opposed Aoun’s election, however the party is prepared to join the upcoming parliamentary vote on the president. The FPM’s leader appears to have enough votes to bring him into the office he has sought for years.

Nasrallah and Aoun. (AFP/Joseph Barrak)

We reached a happy ending, and we hope matters are complete.

  • muhami

    "we reached a happy ending"? don't shake hands with Michel Aoun.

    October 25, 2016