Report: Berri to Abandon Affiliation with March 8, 14 Camps during Speech Saturday

Speaker Nabih Berri is scheduled to make speech on Saturday afternoon to mark the 35th anniversary of the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr and his two companions, reported al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday.

Parliamentary sources revealed that the speaker is expected to announce that “he no longer seeks to be politically affiliated with any authority in Lebanon, especially the March 8 and 14 camps.”

They added that he will not present any initiative to end the political deadlock in Lebanon.

The speech is expected to highlight the dangers facing Lebanon given the tense regional situation and therefore stress the need to form a political government that unites all parties, added al-Liwaa.

Berri will also warn against falling victim to attempts to create Sunni-Shiite strife in Lebanon.

The sources added that he will address the regional situation and the repercussions a western strike against Syria may have on Lebanon.

Berri's speech is scheduled for 5:30 on Saturday afternoon.

On August 23, two powerful blasts rocked the northern city of Tripoli, killing 45 people and wounding over 800 others.

These attacks came eight days after 27 people were killed and around 300 wounded in a car bombing that rocked the Beirut southern suburb of Ruwais, a Hizbullah bastion.

The instability prompted organizers from Berri's AMAL Movement to cancel the annual rally marking Sadr's disappearance

Revered by Lebanon's Shiites as a key spiritual and political guide, Sadr vanished in 1978 amid mysterious circumstances and was last seen in Libya where he was invited by slain leader Moammar Gadhafi.

At the time, Sadr was trying to negotiate an end to the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), in which Palestinian factions were involved.

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