Lebanon Interior Minister Announces Solidarity with ARF

BEIRUT (Aztag)–Lebanese deputy prime minister and interior minister Michel Murr Monday announced his alliance with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation for the Armenian Apostolic slot in the Metn district for the upcoming Lebanese parliamentary elections.

Murr–who was expected to reveal his list on Tuesday–made his announcement at ARF’s Sardarabad Center in Bourj Hammoud–which he called "the capital of northern Metn." The interior minister was greeted by the ARF Central Committee of Lebanon representative Benjamin Bechkejian and United Armenian Bloc candidate Sebouh Hovnanian–as well as Bourdj Hammoud mayor Antranig Meserlian.

"We affirm to our people and brothers our continued alliance with the ARF–which has lasted over 40 years due to our mutual dedication," Murr said.

Murr added that the solidarity between the ARF and his political apparatus will continue and is not a subject of discussion. Furthermore–the deputy prime minister added that this alliance advocated against unlawful and illegal activities and aimed to ensure employment opportunities for the young and a healthy brotherly relations with Lebanese-Arabs.

The Lebanese leader said that his alliance with the ARF was borne from the ideal of economic and political reform–which can be realized only through cooperation between the two entities.

Metn member of parliament Sebouh Hovnanian was expected to be named as the ARF’s Metn candidate during Murr’s press conference on Tuesday.

"The Armenian community is an indivisible segment of the Lebanese nation," Murr said. "They have always made honest standpoints and their support to our list has never been questioned."

Bechkejian hailed Murr as a faithful friend of the party–adding that the Deputy Prime Minister wants to seek a comprehensive parliamentary representation for all Metn residents.

"We all hope that we can create a homeland which will ensure a prosperous future for its children," added Bechkejian.

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