Nasrallah: Political parties’ participation in municipal polls is duty

Hezbollah’s Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, strongly advocated, in a televised speech on Friday, the participation of the political parties in the near-term municipal polls, noting that the wide dauntless preparations for the imminent local elections nationwide has only contributed to severing ties at home.

Arguing that such participation actually “reduces losses,” Nasrallah explained how the presence of political parties within the local authorities would spare towns likely rifts, animosity, and rip.

“This option is the best; it is the right one; it is our duty, all of us, and we must assume it,” Nasrallah told.

“Even [around] prophets and saints (…) you find that some are satisfied while others aren’t,” he remarked. “Not one family in Lebanon can agree over one person; there are always those who would be satisfied and those who would not.”

Nasrallah was keen to explain how political parties’ participation in the municipal and mayoral polls that shall start tomorrow (Sunday), was actually advantageous to localities and towns, refusing any differentiation among political parties, families, and the civil society.

But, he also highlighted the necessity to stick to the “development and service-related dimension” of the elections, pointing out at the ceilings and limits of both the familial and political dimensions, reminding that the municipal polls do have political reverberations.

Accordingly, Nasrallah noted that the “culture of municipalities” must be mulled in the coming time, suggesting considering what seemed like a new notion of municipal affairs overall.

He explained that today’s culture entailed that the head of a certain municipality should be a member of one of the largest families in the given town-if not of the largest.

“This must not be at the account of the municipal interest. This is wrong, and we must treat this,” he called.

Moreover, he underlined that the sought and best qualities the municipal governor must enjoy, might not be found among those families.

“However, this requires a cultural operation, [because] this cannot be imposed,” he said.

He did not fail to maintain that his stance did not mean that it should be applied now, stressing that Hezbollah does not seek any confrontation with the largest families; “this is something that we need to start later.”

Also locally, Nasrallah said there was nothing new as to the presidential dossier.

“What is needed is to communicate [only] with the real concerned [sides] in that respect,” he added.

Nasrallah spoke today via al-Manar TV channel, upon the annual celebration of the Islamic Resistance Support Committee; crowds of Hezbollah supporters and members attended the event, marked in Beirut, Nabatieh, Baalback, and Hnawieh.

Notably, the leader of the Islamic Resistance–whose party’s participation in the war in Syria that had spilled over into Lebanon, caused tension locally and regionally–did not omit to draw the regional scene.

“Saudi Arabia is now the spearhead of what is taking place in the region,” he indicated, pointing out at the “now exposed” Israeli-Saudi contacts.

Furthermore, as Egypt had recently ceded Tiran and Sanafir Red Sea islands–which Cairo had controlled since 1950–to Saudi Arabia, Nasrallah said that the newly-owned lands would be “a door to Saudi-Israeli coordination.”

He even accused Saudi Arabia of working on escalation. “There is no such thing as a ceasefire in Yemen; neither there is in Syria. Saudi Arabia is in fact pushing for overthrowing the truce.”

He also said that the Saudis were seeking to topple talks in Kuwait over Yemen, as well as the third-time negotiations on Syria, hosted in Geneva.

“In politics, Saudi Arabia is working on halting [peace] negotiations (…) I rule out that talks, whether in Geneva or in Kuwait, would lead anywhere,” he said.

He even said that the political climate in the region was not reassuring. “There are difficult months to come.”

He then highlighted the necessity of “further presence in the fields and on the political and military arenas,” calling for caution and steadfastness, in the face of what he has been depicting as attempts to target the Resistance and its axis.

But Nasrallah has already maintained that the Resistance shall win, whether over the Israeli relentless hostilities in Lebanon and Palestine, or over the bids he accuses Saudis of concocting to target his party.

He even dedicated a part of his speech to elaborate on the importance of people’s support for the Resistance. “This support is the key strength that keeps us going; it is the most important factor, more important than arms and funds,” he said.

“This support is the main provision; it is this support that guarantees the persistence and victories of the Resistance,” he corroborated.

Nasrallah explained how the enemy had been incessantly attempting to trounce the Resistance, by targeting its strength points.

Citing recurrent hostilities on Gaza and the Palestinians, as well as on Lebanon, he recounted how the enemy, whose wars had failed to terminate resistance movements, had to opt for targeting Syria, which he deemed as the backbone of the Resistance.

He even indicated that the Israelis had found allies in the Arab world.

“…And Saudi Arabia is the spearhead, only offering new services to the enemy,” he said.

“But tomorrow, masks shall entirely fall off,” he promised.

SOURCE: National News Agency