“We will not call for a Sunni boycott of the elections, and for sure there is elections in May”
It is the first statement about the participation of the Sunni community in the parliamentary elections after Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s decision not to participate and to suspend work in political life.
This stance issued by Prime Minister Najib Mikati after receiving the Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian at the Grand Serail, closed the door on questions about the issue of the election charter.
Mufti Derian’s visit to the government palace has several indications, most notably:
Dar al-Fatwa supports President Mikati and may ask him to run for elections and represent Sunnis in the next stage.
Confirmation that the charter will not be lost, and the Sunnis will participate in the elections, and this was evident when the Future Movement bloc did not resign from Parliament with Hariri’s apology. And an evidence that the Sunni sect did not completely boycott political life, but the matter is just a re-shuffle of cards.
So, the visit of the Mufti to the Grand Serail is an indication that the charter will not be lost, and holding the responsibility for any canceling of the elections, will not be beared by the Sunnis: the message was delivered