Lebanon Vote Proves Schismatic for Hunchaks

BEIRUT–As Lebanon prepares for parliamentary elections–the issue of the Armenian community’s slate of candidates has become an important issue for the community–as it wishes to emerge as a united bloc–in order to better represent the Lebanese-Armenian community interests.

In this realm–the Lebanon Executive Body of the Social-Democratic Hunchakian party issued an statement recently–announcing that Yeghia Djeredjian was the party’s candidate of choice from the central Beirut electoral district. This information was carried by several non-Armenian Lebanese newspapers on Sunday July 16.

Following this announcement the Lebanon Executive Body issued yet another statement–announcing that Djeredjian was not the candidate of choice in the said district. The statement also urged the local press to check their facts with the only reliable source–the Lebanon Executive Body–prior to reporting.

Independent of this decision–the Social-Democratic Hunchakian party Central Executive (international governing body)–issued an announcement on July 15 urging the emergence of a united Armenian front for the elections–taking into consideration the interests of Lebanon.

The July 15 announcement also urged the community to rally behind the said united front–to ensure the proper representation of Armenian interests and to ward off elemen’s that wish to create divisions based on personal or peripheral interests.

In conclusion–the Hunchakian party Central Executive informed the community that an announcement about the list of candidates would emanate from the Lebanon Executive Body.

In this realm–the Central Executive of the Hunchakian party issued another statement on July 20–announcing that it has dissolved its Lebanon Executive Body–under the leadership of Sebouh Kalpakian–and has appointed a new Body which is the sole entity which governs party operations in Lebanon.

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