Disagreements are brewing among cadres of the “Amal” movement in more than one southern town about who is in control of regional affairs.
President Nabih Berri will spend the Eid al-Fitr vacation at his house in Qana, where he will host lively delegations dealing with a variety of issues.
The movement’s leader is concerned that these discrepancies will be reflected in the involvement of its bases in nations, as well as the fact that “Amal” candidates would obtain a tiny number of preference votes in comparison to their peers from its partner, “Hezbollah.” The movement and its decision, which forced leaders in its ranks to withdraw from administering the business of the organization’s bases in southern towns.
Tyre activists are protesting the absence of a single MP following the resignation of MP Ali Al-Khalil, the uncle of the current Minister of Finance, Youssef Al-Khalil.
Berri is quoted in his councils as saying that the continuation of these differences in his organization will have a negative impact on the movement’s and its supporters’ participation in the May 15 elections, and he admits, in front of a narrow arena, according to Sawt Beirut International, that these problems, in his opinion, after a review he conducted, to replace the greatest number of people.
Members of the “Development and Liberation” bloc who were not selected for representatives attended more than one session, and the southerners were activists and others who asked that they be replaced with fresh faces.
The failure to nominate Nabatiyeh’s deputy Yassin Jaber and his reluctance left a wave of resentment because Berri replaced him with businessman Nasser Jaber, who has relations with Berri’s son “Bassel.”
Voters in Bint Jbeil are also objecting to replacing MP Ali Bazzi with the son of his city, Ashraf Baydoun.
Shiite parties make it clear that there is no fear that the party or the movement will be able to obtain the 27 Shiite seats, but there will be a significant difference between the representatives of the two parties and the interest of the party whose representatives received the greatest number of Shiite voters in Beirut II, Mount Lebanon, and the Bekaa.
One of the concerns of the movement is that “Hezbollah” would cast part of its preference votes for Aounist candidates.