Khalil: FPM Doesn't Want Polls, Bassil Seeking Hizbullah-Amal Discord


Speaker Nabih Berri’s political aide MP Ali Hassan Khalil on Thursday lashed out at Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil without naming him.

“We’re the ones who were killed in Tayyouneh and those who are small-minded are seeking to stir discord between the real duo,” Hizbullah and the Amal Movement, Khalil said.

“We have repeatedly said that we accuse the Lebanese Forces” over the Tayyouneh incidents, he added.

Bassil had on Wednesday accused Khalil’s Amal Movement of “colluding” with the LF at the expense of the victims of the Tayyouneh incidents and the Beirut port blast.

Separately, Khalil criticized the FPM’s stances and its walkout Thursday from a legislative session discussing the electoral law’s amendments.

“It has become clear that there is a side that does not want the organization of the parliamentary elections and is seeking the polls’ postponement,” Khalil said.

“We stress that we insist on holding the elections within the constitutional timeframes because canceling the vote would lead to unknown consequences in the country,” the lawmaker warned.

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poll (n.)
c. 1300 (late 12c. as a surname), polle, "hair of the head; piece of fur from the head of an animal," also (early 14c.) "head of a person or animal," from or related to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol "head, top." The sense was extended by mid-14c. to "person, individual" (by polls "one by one," of sheep, etc., is recorded from mid-14c.)

Meaning "collection or counting of votes" is recorded by 1620s, from the notion of "counting heads;" the sense of "the voting at an election" is by 1832. The meaning "survey of public opinion" is recorded by 1902. A poll tax, literally "head tax," is from 1690s. Literal use in English tends toward the part of the head where the hair grows.