BEIRUT — Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah stressed on Friday the need to support his party's allies in the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for May 15, so that "the majority in parliament remains in [our] hands,” Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Saturday.
Here’s what we know:
• Hezbollah currently has the majority in Parliament along with its allies, which include the Free Patriotic Movement and Amal Movement. Many believe the FPM will lose a number of its seats in the upcoming polls as many blame President Michel Aoun and the party founded for the unprecedented economic crisis the country is enduring.
• "We must work so that all our candidates reach Parliament, that none of them loses and that we become the majority,” Nasrallah said while meeting with his campaign organizers about the upcoming polls, which he described as "the most important political battle in Lebanon.” Nasrallah also said that "we must support our allies so that the parliamentary majority remains in our hands.”
• Nasrallah also indicated that "there is no place for all our friends in the electoral lists," stressing however the need "not to lose them in the electoral campaign." "We must pay attention to the lists of friends [...], vote for our lists and not betray them. We must not show hostility, accuse or doubt the lists of our friends," he said.
• Nasrallah said in mid-March that the May 15 elections his party's "goal is not [only] the success of Hezbollah candidates, but also improving our allies' situation in Jbeil, Kesrouan, Chouf, Aley and all districts."