Lebanese MP to Asharq Al-Awsat: Era of Seat Allocation Among Allies Has Ended

Lebanese MP to Asharq Al-Awsat: Era of Seat Allocation Among Allies Has Ended

Friday, 2 March, 2018 - 07:45
MP Samir al-Jisr. Asharq Al-Awsat
Beirut - Youssef Diab
Lebanese lawmaker Samir al-Jisr told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that the Future Movement plans to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections with individual lists in most electoral districts.

According to the new proportional representation law, it is more beneficial for each party to run in the elections in separate lists and without striking alliances.

“The era in which the Future Movement used to allocate parliamentary seats to its allies has ended,” he said.

The MP welcomed the visit of envoy of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Advisor at the Royal court Nizar al-Aloula, to Lebanon.

“The visit downplayed claims about unclear relations between the two brotherly countries,” Jisr said.

Also, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri traveled on Tuesday to Riyadh, where he met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Commenting on next May’s polls, the country’s first parliamentary elections since 2009, Jisr said that the Future Movement is currently placing the last touches on its electoral lists across Lebanon.

“In most electoral districts, we will run the elections with lists that include only Future Movement members. The principle of alliances will be ruled out, unless there is an interest to forge alliances in some areas,” he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Jisr uncovered the possibility of an alliance with the Free Patriotic Movement in the northern electoral district of Akkar. “They have their weight, and we have our own. There might be a share of candidates,” he said.

In the absence of any electoral understanding with the Lebanese Forces, Jisr asserted that relations with the party are strong.

He said there might be an alliance with the LF in some electoral districts, but added that the current electoral law does not open the door for wide-range alliances.

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