Report: Hezbollah seeking to sway Bassil to endorse Franjieh


Hezbollah has intensified its contacts with its allies in order to close ranks based on the 63 blank votes that the Hezbollah-led camp and some independents cast in Thursday’s presidential election session, a media report said on Friday.

“Without much effort, these votes might rise to 65 in order to fight a battle with one candidate,” ad-Diyar newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying.

“Hezbollah and Speaker Nabih Berri have endorsed Suleiman Franjieh’s nomination and are promoting it among their allies first, ahead of holding the necessary series of contacts with the domestic and foreign forces,” the sources added.

“Bilateral contacts between the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah have intensified in a bid to reconcile viewpoints over the issue of endorsing Franjieh,” the sources went on to say.

In this regard, the sources added that “things are no longer deadlocked with FPM chief Jebran Bassil as they were before” and that “the Marada Movement leader is dealing with a lot of positivity and openness towards Bassil’s concerns.”

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Thumb SheikYerbouti 30 September 2022, 17:09

This is silly. Suleiman Franjieh does not provide the Christian cover that Hezbollah needs.