Hariri Says Mustaqbal Defeated 'Elimination' Bid, Hits Back at Israeli Minister

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri admitted Monday that his al-Mustaqbal Movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament following the country's first general election in nine years, while noting that it faced “a scheme to eliminate it from political life.”

Hariri said the results, which have not yet been officially announced, credit his movement with 21 of parliament's 128 seats, a drop from the 33 it controlled in the outgoing legislature.

“The Lebanese have said their word and there was a clear 'yes' to al-Mustaqbal Movement and its candidates,” the premier added.

"We were betting on a better result and a wider bloc with better Christian and Shiite participation," he said.

Vowing that Mustaqbal will remain “the movement of moderation across Lebanon,” Hariri added that “people voted for the stability project.”

“Those who won in parliamentary elections are our partners in the principle of stability,” he noted.

And adding that he is “satisfied with the results” of the elections, Hariri said he extends his hand to “every Lebanese man and woman who took part in the elections, in order to preserve stability and create jobs.”

Hariri -- and other senior politicians -- blamed the unexpectedly weak turnout on a new electoral law which appears to have confused or disappointed voters.

"The problem with this election: a lot of people didn't understand it," he said when asked about the turnout.

The prime minister stressed that “Lebanon can only be ruled through all its political components,” adding that “those who think otherwise would be fooling themselves.”

“That's why we should work together to build the country,” he added.

As for his relation with President Michel Aoun, Hariri emphasized that he will remain his “ally.”

“This alliance ensures stability... and political consensus and the election of President Aoun are what immunized the country,” the PM added.

Asked whether his bloc will vote in favor of the re-election of Nabih Berri as Parliament Speaker, Hariri said: “I will answer like Speaker Nabih Berri did: I know who I will vote for.”

Asked about the remarks of an Israeli minister, who said the vote results show that “Hizbullah equals Lebanon,” Hariri underlined that “Lebanon is the Lebanese government, the dissociation policy and the ministerial policy statement.”

“Hizbullah has a parliamentary bloc and it has weapons, but this is a regional issue,” the premier added.

“The president said that a defense strategy will be discussed after the elections, and as for the issue of weapons, my stance is well-known and I'm against illegitimate weapons,” he went on to say.

Comments 12
Thumb galaxy 07 May 2018, 17:28

Hariri on elections: We were hoping to achieve a better result and a bigger bloc but al-Mustaqbal Movement faced a scheme to eliminate it from political life.

Did somebody force you to accept an electoral law that would guarantee you the loss of at least 10 MPs from the onset? No.... You did it willingly because that was part of the deal for making you Prime Minister,

Stop whining and resign. There are hundreds more qualified than you to represent the Sunnis of Lebanon.

Tell us please: are you accountable within Mustaqbal? In the civilized world, the head of a party gets changed or he/she resigns when they lead the party to an electoral defeat. In your case, you continue as if you have a holy mandate.

We are sick and tired of seeing your face and your stutter on TV.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 07 May 2018, 18:21

He is the son of 'Martyr' Rafeek Al Hariri:)

Thumb justin 07 May 2018, 17:33

بالفيديو: في بيروت الأولى… صناديق تفتح تحت الشجرة فماذا يجري في الأصوات؟

Thumb eagledawn 07 May 2018, 17:39

Prime Minister Saad Hariri admitted Monday that his al-Mustaqbal Movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament following the country's first general election in nine years.

Well deserved
Enjoy it Sheikh Saad.

Thumb warrior 08 May 2018, 04:56

how many votes did rukouz, the ex-commando hero get versus Sami? Yep 14k versus 7.5k.


Thumb warrior 08 May 2018, 04:57

Sami 14,000 votes
Rukouz 7,500 votes

Thumb barrymore 07 May 2018, 17:59

Don't tell me he just found out the election law cost him one third of his seats????

I think people are sick of this loser!

Thumb gebran_sons 07 May 2018, 18:03

These elections were a Hizbollah trap compliment of two useful idiots, orange and blue. The Orange by their greed and willingness to sell country freedom and democracy for personal gain, and the blue by total inexperience and stabbing the principles of the Cedar Revolution in the Back! Thanks for Orange and Blue, Lebanon is thrown to the Abyss and the Dark Ages.

Thumb s.o.s 07 May 2018, 18:35

Your political life cycle is now in its final stage. After the Introduction, growth and maturity there's something called decline. Then you'll disappear ! That day will be a blessing for Lebanon, a country you betrayed countless times by selling it out to Iran and Syria. And they thank you for modifying the electoral law in their favor you useless thug.

Thumb kanaanljdid 07 May 2018, 20:06

C'est vraiment un vendu. Ils ont tué ton père et tu leur suces les boules pour un poste de pantin.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 07 May 2018, 21:47

Is it me of does he look like a deer caught in the headlights?

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 08 May 2018, 14:47

A party leader led his party to an electoral defeat in which his party lost one third of its seats in parliament is still running for Prime Minister. The audacity!