Jumblat Calls on Rival Parties to End Disputes amid ‘Difficult’ Stage

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat urged on Monday Lebanese officials to put aside all political differences and seek to unify their stances to confront the “dangerous developments.”

“It’s a crucial need more than ever to overcome all the acute political differences and unite our perspective to face the dangerous and swift developments before we regret it and it becomes too late,” Jumblat said in his weekly statement to al-Anbaa website.

A member of the Internal Security Forces was killed and at least 30 people were wounded in a car bombing that targeted an ISF checkpoint in the Dahr al-Baydar area on Friday.

The army recently boosted its security measures after obtaining information of a terrorist act planned to be carried out across Lebanon by a group linked to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which grew from the ranks of al-Qaida before splitting with the global terror network, is active in both Syria and neighboring Iraq and seeks to set up an Islamic state that straddles both countries.

Jumblat warned that the “historical variables” in the region are “unprecedented, which compels the Lebanese to organize their disputes.”

He called on the rival parties to swiftly “elect a new head of state to end vacuum and institutional paralysis during the delicate stage.”

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