Jumblatt says Hezbollah coalition should be in Lebanon govt

Hezbollah and its allies should take part in a new Lebanese government, Walid Jumblatt said on Sunday.

Jumblatt says Hezbollah coalition should be in Lebanon govt
Hezbollah and its allies should take part in a new Lebanese government, Walid Jumblatt said on Sunday.

Final results are not due until later on Monday, but unofficial results projected the coalition, led by Saad al-Hariri, would win 70 seats in the new 128-seat assembly against the Hezbollah-led alliance's 58 seats.

Hezbollah has repeatedly called for the formation of a "national unity government" that would give its minority alliance veto power.

"No veto power"

"I said no to the blocking minority," Jumblatt said.

Asked if he supported the participation of the opposition alliance in government, he said: "Yes, but I cannot decide on my own. I am part of a coalition and it should be a unanimous decision."

March 14 currently leads a national unity government in which Hezbollah and its allies hold effective veto power.

But Jumblatt, a leading figure in the "March 14" alliance, told Reuters he did not support the idea of veto power in the new cabinet for the Hezbollah camp.

Jumblatt called for the continuation of dialogue between the leaders.

The Hezbollah alliance, known as the March 8 movement, has not officially conceded, but its main Christian ally, the nationalist Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) led by Michel Aoun, a former army chief, did acknowledged defeat.

"We should not forget that the elections should be a boost to the dialogue and we should not try to isolate the other parties," he said.

"I do insist on the question of dialogue at the conference table, which is also very important because there should not be isolation of a party or of a community. It will lead to nowhere in Lebanon".

He also opposed the weapons of Hezbollah, saying "we should incorporate, slowly but surely, the weapons of Hezbollah inside the Lebanese army and that the decision of war and peace should be taken only by the Lebanese state."


Agencies
Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Haziran 2009, 14:16
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