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Jumblatt refuses to respond
to Okab Sakr’s statements

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt refused to respond to remarks about him on Friday by Future bloc MP Okab Sakr.

 

“Am I crazy to comment on [Sakr’s] statement?” Jumblatt asked in an interview published Saturday by Al-Akhbar newspaper.

 

Sakr had released a statement on Friday accusing Jumblatt of changing his stances “to please others and satisfy his political [swinging] mood, which distinguishes his auspicious political career.”

 

Asked whether Future bloc leader MP Saad Hariri participated in drafting Sakr’s statement, Jumblatt said: “I do not know.”

 

Sakr’s statement came as a response to Jumblatt’s remarks to As-Safir, accusing Sakr and the March 14 coalition of intervening in the Syrian crisis before Hezbollah did.

 

“In the beginning, The March 14 coalition decided to boycott Hezbollah for issues related to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and then they boycotted it for its weapons and [decided] not to participate in national dialogue. Now they are maintaining the same [stance] under the pretext of Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria, knowing that they began intervening in the crisis before [Hezbollah], starting with Okab Sakr [coordinating assistance to Syrian rebels] and the [assistance sent from] North Lebanon,” Jumblatt said.

 

Jumblatt also accused the March 14 coalition of “betting on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fall, and that they can make a revolution with money.”

Am I crazy to comment on [Sakr’s] statement?