Clinton's visit to Beirut not due to parliamentary elections: Lebanon ruling coalition candidate

Clinton's visit to Beirut not due to parliamentary elections: Lebanon ruling coalition candidate

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 27 / Trend , U.Sadikhova/

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Lebanon was aimed at supporting the central government, but this does not affect the upcoming parliamentary elections, said Adi Abilamaa, a member of the coalition of Lebanese parliamentary majority "March 14".

"The visit's goal is support Lebanon. But this will neither weaken, nor strengthen the position of any party," a candidate from the Christian Party Lebanese Forces Abilamaa said to Trend over phone from Beirut.

On Sunday, Clinton Secretary of State said that "Washington hopes that the elections will be fair and free, the Lebanese Al Mustaqbal television channel said.

Parliamentary elections in Lebanon will be on June 7. Observers believe that the opposition party headed by Hezbollah will receive more chances to win, given the existence of a large military force in the party.

The previous parliamentary elections four years ago were held on the backdrop of withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, which began after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, who spoke against Syrian influence in the country. Then Al-Mustaqbal party won the elections, which was headed by Saad al-Hariri, son of the deceased prime minister.

The party formed a coalition "14 March", which includes Druze Progressive Socialist Party led by an experienced politician Walid Dzhambulat, Christian party, the Lebanese Forces, headed by Samir Dzhadzhaa and Kataib "Amin Gemayel.

Their opponents in the June elections were the Shiite parties Hezbollah and Amal, headed by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Barri.

The representative of the parliamentary majority Abilamaa said that "March 14" looks forward the support of the Lebanese people throughout of the country, said Abilamaa.

The support of the government coalition throughout of the country will affect the results of elections for candidates from 14 March, he said.

However, observers do not rule out the possibility that Syria, despite the restoration of diplomatic relations with Lebanon, could also influence the elections through its allies Hezbollah and former Lebanese President Christian Michel Aoun.

In early of the year, Beirut and Damascus exchanged ambassadors for the first time since independence from France after the Second World War.

Syrian-Lebanese relations deteriorated after entering Damascus troops in Lebanon to help allies in the 15-year civil war.

The troops were withdrawn in 2005 as a result of "Cedar Revolution", under the leadership of a political bloc al-Hariri.

The two sides have agreed to restore diplomatic relations and withdraw Syrian troops. However, the border problem has not been solved and Lebanese prisoners remain in Syrian prisons so far.

"The relations with Syria will be improved after implementation of our [Lebanon] demands regarding border issues, said Abilamaa.

Syria may influence the progress of parliamentary elections through its allies in Lebanon [Hezbollah], but not results, he added 

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