Jumblatt announces candidacy of Bilal Abdallah to replace Terro: Second nominations subject to each region's specific conditions, alliances according to new law

Sat 12 Aug 2017 at 20:01 Politics

NNA - Democratic Gathering Chief, MP Walid Joumblatt, announced Saturday that Dr. Bilal Abdallah will be running for the Shouf District Seat in the upcoming Parliamentary elections instead of MP Alaeddine Terro.

In a press conference at his Mukhtara Palace earlier this afternoon, Joumblatt signaled this nomination as falling within the context of the change and renewal process within the National Struggle Front.

"A new step necessitated by the logic of matters, which will be accompanied by similar steps at the level of the Progressive Socialist Party and Democratic Gathering's representation in various areas where the Party has influence or presence," added Joumblatt.

"The timing of the second nominations depends on the circumstances and specifications of each region. They will include 70 percent of the Party's comrades, and perhaps more or less of the Democratic Gathering deputies," he indicated.

"As for alliances, they will be based on the new law," Joumblatt went on, adding, "we hope to meet with each of the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Kataeb, Future Movement, Jama'a Islamiya, Hezbollah, Amal Movement, National Bloc, Liberal Nationalists, Independent and others."

"The most important thing is competing democratically to meet the social and economic challenges, and to boost the principle of partnership to stabilize national unity in the Mountain and the Iqlim," emphasized Joumblatt.

================== R.Sh.

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