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Bassil defends FM against Geagea

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Thursday slammed the rival Lebanese Forces party as a “militia” that wants to “impose its conditions on the Foreign Ministry” in the distribution of polling stations abroad.

“Everyone knows and acknowledges the effort that the Foreign Ministry has exerted to facilitate expat voting, from increasing the number of polling centers from 116 to 205 and polling stations from 232 to 598, in conjunction with putting a unified standard for all countries, which turned every polling center into a megacenter comprising polling stations for all of Lebanon’s electoral districts,” Bassil said in a tweet.

“The LF wants to impose its conditions on the ministry, especially in Australia’s Sydney, in a manner that differs from the entire world. It wants to issue threats unless every polling center is turned into one dedicated to a single electoral district,” the FPM chief added.

“This is a militia-like approach in imposing and endless lying. The LF has called for withdrawing confidence from the minister and we would file an appeal against any change to the unified standards in favor of the militia,” Bassil went on to say.

The LF-led Strong Republic bloc had earlier on Thursday filed a request for holding a parliamentary session aimed at voting on withdrawing confidence from Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib over “violations” related to expat voting.

It said such violations include “distributing voters from the same area, village and family on several polling stations that are very distant from each other, which makes the voting process more difficult.”

Source: Naharnet.com

 
Written by The Levant