Jumblat: Souairi Clash Must Force Officials to Tackle Political Disputes and Form New Govt.

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat warned on Monday of the weak security situation in Lebanon in light of Sunday's clash in the West Bekaa town of Souairi.

He said in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “The clash should force officials to adopt calm political rhetoric, organize their disputes, and form a national government that includes all powers.”

“The government must enjoy the greatest possible consensus,” he remarked.

Moreover, he urged officials to refrain from linking Lebanon's fate to that of the developments in Syria.

Jumblat also called for ceasing talk of a so-called de facto cabinet “because it will only serve to complicate political, security, and constitutional affairs.”

“If the Syrian crisis, social and economic problems, case of Syrian refugees, constant Israeli threats, upcoming presidential elections, the Souairi clash, and terrorist bombings are not enough reason to form a new government, then I do not know what it,” lamented Jumblat.

“Why should the Lebanese constantly depend of foreign developments to determine their fate?” he wondered.

“Hasn't Lebanon paid enough over the decades for this dependence?” he asked.

Four people were killed over the weekend in sectarian clashes between the Shouman and Jinbeen families.

The army controlled the situation after the clashes turned fierce between Sunni family Jinbeen and Shiite family Shouman.

In a statement, the army said it carried out raids, detained several suspects and seized arms.

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