Future Movement overhauls inner circle

The Future Movement concluded its fierce electoral campaign with 20 seats, down from 33 in 2009.
by Annahar Staff

13 May 2018 | 14:41

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri waves to journalists, shown before his election upon his arrival to the parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon, October 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: In the wake of the Future Movement's disappointing election campaign, the party's office announced late Saturday the resignation of Nader Hariri as Chief of Staff. 

The resignation of Nader, a cousin of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was followed by the dismissal of two other officials; Wissam Hariri as campaign coordinator and Maher Abou Al-Khudud as campaign director.

The Future Movement saw its parliamentary bloc sliced by a third after securing the election of 20 candidates, down from 33 in 2009. 

The reshuffling within the organization comes as Hariri announced on May 12 a drastic overhaul to the party's campaign operations. 

In a statement released, the FM said that it demanded comprehensive reports regarding the campaign's performance in every district.

Hariri had maintained following the elections that certain discrepancies were evident while vowing to hold those responsible.  

Despite the FM's losses, Hariri is still expected to head the next government given his dominant Sunni bloc in Parliament. 

Some observers have attributed Nader Hariri's resignation to the warming of relations between Saudi Arabia and the PM. 

Nader spearheaded the campaign demanding Hariri's return home from Saudi Arabia where he was reportedly being held against his will and forced to step down before rescinding his resignation upon his return to Beirut.

The now-former chief of staff was also one of the main orchestrators of the deal that saw President Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah, elected President and Hariri nominated as Prime Minister. 

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