Hariri, Bassil Expected in Separate 'Electoral' Visits to South Lebanon

Fecha de publicación: 
13 Abr 2018

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil are expected to separately visit "Lebanon's southern border area," 24 days before the country's parliamentary elections start, in a bid to "garner support" for their candidates running in the May 6 polls, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

"The visits have specific significance and bear political connotations," said the daily, since it comes shorlty before the elections.

Hariri, head of al-Mustaqbal Movement, will head to the district of Marjayoun-Hasbaya Friday afternoon to encourage people into voting for Mustaqbal's candidate for the Sunni seat, Imad Khatib, in the southern district of Shebaa, said the daily.

Khatib is running on an electoral list supported by Mustaqbal and the Free Patriotic Movement (led by Bassil) named "South Deserves."

It will be competing with AMAL and Hizbullah's "Hope and Loyalty" list that includes MP Qassem Hashem.

The second visit to the same district, kept secret and far from the media, is Bassil's intended trip on Saturday where he plans to inaugurate a new FPM office in the town of Haboush – Nabatieh, said al-Joumhouria.

He will later head to Marjayoun to meet with FPM cadres and elements to garner support for the Movement's candidates on a list that interludes Mustaqbal parliament hopefuls, it concluded.