Report: Nasrallah Hails Firm Alliance with Aounإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed that the alliance with Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is firm and will not collapse, al-Akhbar newspaper published on Thursday.
Nasrallah hailed Aoun’s stances, noting that his party is exerting efforts to resolve the dispute among the March 8 parliamentary majority, the daily said.
Nasrallah told Hizbullah senior leaders that the relations with the FPM should be developed to a better level.
The secretary general stressed the importance of maintaining the alliance between Hizbullah, AMAL and the FPM.
The parliament’s approval of a draft law proposed by the joint parliamentary committees to include all the Electricite du Liban workers in a selection process for permanent employment created a rift between AMAL and the FPM, which prompted the Change and Reform bloc to boycott the parliament.
Christian lawmakers lashed out at Speaker Nabih Berri, who is the AMAL leader, arguing that around 80 percent of them belong to non-Christian sects and most of them support Berri, who is a Shiite.
Energy Minister Jebran Bassil also accused Hizbullah of being a “spectator” as the speaker “violated the protocol” by not discussing his proposal to allow 700 contract workers to stand for an official exam, out of some 2,500 employees.
His suggestion also calls for allowing the rest to become employees at private companies under a three-month probation period as the company can’t contain all of the employees.
Al-Akhbar reported that the FPM and Hizbullah held several meetings to swiftly resolve the crisis and discussed the controversial issues as consultations were kicked off with Berri to reach a solution that satisfies all parties.
FPM sources reiterated the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc’s conditions where finding a solution to EDL’s contract workers strike is a priority.
The workers have been holding an open-end strike for the past three months, vowing to continue their protest until the parliamentary decision is published in the official gazette and until their May and June salaries are paid.