| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Hariri and Nasrallah surround the Lebanese forces

At a time when the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, was heading to the party’s cadres in the Bekaa, where a Shiite majority, warning against allying with the Lebanese forces in the parliamentary elections, considering that such an alliance is with the killers of the Tayouneh ambush martyrs, the head of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, was directing from a distance to Candidates close to him, strict messages about not allying with the Lebanese forces, and this is what happened, for example, in the western Bekaa, as well as in Akkar and Tripoli. According to the information, he sent instructions to his supporters not to vote for any list that includes a candidate for the Lebanese forces.

So it became as if Hariri was meeting Nasrallah in besieging and demonizing the Lebanese Forces.

Paradoxically, the media campaigns of those close to Future president against the Lebanese Forces and their president, intensified before the nomination period and calmed down, and then reactivated this week before the deadline for registering the lists set on April 4th, and thus deciding on the alliances. It is reported that Hariri is very upset about the almost daily contact that takes place between President Fouad Saniora and Dr. Samir Geagea with the aim of organizing an opposition front to Hezbollah.

It is known that the relationship between the Sunni leader and the Maronite leader worsened dramatically after Hariri resigned from Riyadh, and Hariri accused Geagea of ​​being behind the decline in his relationship with the Kingdom. The two men also differed over the government’s performance in the basic files that was full of corruption. The forces complained about Hariri’s rapprochement with Aoun and Bassil at the expense of balance within the executive institution. This rapprochement allowed what was known as March 14 to lose the majority in the 2018 elections as a result of Hariri’s vote for his friend Basil. knowing that Hariri attributes the loss to the current electoral law. The refusal of the forces to nominate Hariri to head the government after his resignation was the last straw that ruined everything.

Prime Minister Hariri identified Iranian influence as one of the reasons for suspending his political work, while so far he does not seem encouraging any move that could confront this influence. The question is whether the campaigns of those close to him against the Lebanese forces, leading to their encirclement, are to preserve the cohesion of his base, or are they cross-border messages, specifically to Saudi Arabia, where Geagea is one of its most prominent allies in Lebanon?

  • Sawt Beirut International