Hizbullah, FPM Agree to Ally in Beirut, West Bekaa

An electoral agreement was reached in an overnight meeting between Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil and Hizbullah Coordination and Liaison Officer Wafiq Safa, a media report said.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper, the two parties agreed to be on the same lists in Western Bekaa and Beirut's second district.

"Discussions are still underway over West Bekaa, after Speaker Nabih Berri rejected Bassil's demand to have a Maronite candidate and a Greek Orthodox candidate on ex-minister Abdul Rahim Mrad's list,” the daily said.

In Beirut, an FPM candidate will replace the candidate of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party for the Evangelist seat.

As for north Bekaa, Bassil “is still insisting on getting two candidates – a Maronite and a Greek Catholic.”

In the Hasbaya-Marjeyoun district, the FPM chief has meanwhile decided to form a list that would confront the Hizbullah-AMAL Movement alliance.

“He is in negotiations with MP Talal Arslan over adding a Druze candidate to the list,” al-Akhbar said.

Sources informed on the Bassil-Safa meeting meanwhile stressed that “Hizbullah is keen on embracing Bassil in the elections.”

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