Maysam Rizk wrote in Al-Akhbar newspaper an article under the title “Shock in the “Future”… Hariri to his aunt and his cadres: Stop political and electoral activity,” in which it says:
Until this moment, all the leaders of the “Future Movement” are living under the shock. Prime Minister Saad Hariri decided to refrain from participating in the parliamentary elections. And he refuses to work in the name of his current, which opened the door to problems that no one expected, most notably an “uprising” led by MP Bahia Hariri and her son Ahmed, while President Fouad Siniora seeks to “take” his share of the movement and studied the possibility of running in the elections independently.
The “Future Movement” machine is running at a slow pace, months before the upcoming parliamentary elections. The reason is the decision of Prime Minister Saad Hariri not to run in the elections. The “futurists” are waiting for their leader to return to Beirut within ten days, as he promised, to find out the truth about his position on stopping political work and turning to private business. While waiting for the return, everyone acts according to the conviction that the elections will take place on time, and they deplore the possibility that “Sheikh Saad” will not run for the entitlement. However, on the ground, and in an exceptional stage, the elections coordinator under the supervision of Fadi Saad is still working traditionally, such as routine coordination with cadres in the regions and proposing names for center officials, nothing more.
The despair caused by the news from Abu Dhabi is evident in the talk of the futurists. Within months of maturity, they have none of the electoral tools: no leadership. No money, no battle title. Adding to this despair, last week, information leaked about meetings in Abu Dhabi that brought Hariri with those close to him, especially his aunt Bahia and her son Ahmed. The request to the supporters to vote for them will be issued at the appropriate time.” The same applies to the position on the nominations of allies.
In principle, this unprecedented step in Hariri’s career since 2005 means an exit (albeit temporarily) from power, without being sure whether the decision is final, amid speculation that Hariri is “maneuvering to reach an agreement with Riyadh and win enough electoral funding to restore Launching political and social media work.”
Visitors to Paris tell the French that Hariri “by understanding with himself before understanding with others, decided to rest for a while.” In addition, “in the coming period, he will have escalating positions against Hezbollah, as he no longer has an account for a position in power or a conflict link. And he will consider himself in the position of the opposition”.
Siniora does not trust Ahmed Hariri’s leadership of the Future Movement.
This intersects with what insiders in Abu Dhabi told Al-Akhbar that “Hariri, who recently met his aunt and son to discuss the current’s role and its preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections, informed them of the rationale for his decision.” They pointed out that “Hariri is living in a state of great frustration with the political situation in Lebanon,” and that “what happened with him at the level of his alliances and within his current and what happened led him to lose confidence in the majority of leaders and officials with whom it is no longer possible to work.” “Great dissatisfaction with the performance of the senior cadres in the Future Movement,” concluding that “political work in Lebanon needs a media, administrative and service machine that requires a large budget, and it is not in a position to cover these expenses.”
He also informed his visitors that he is currently “busy” with arranging his own business, and that he “can no longer rely on anyone, especially since he is committed to working on several projects in more than one country, and has established a consultancy and investment office that contracts with large institutions in the UAE.” Therefore, “it is preferable to freeze the movement’s work, and it is not desirable to run in elections, nor to enter into media debates with this or that party,” expressing his fear of “sedition, as we have informed all parties and I do not trust any of them.”
When Ahmed Hariri tried to convince him to “recruit candidates who support the movement and are able to provide the necessary funding for the electoral process,” Hariri repeated his refusal to take any step in his name or on behalf of the movement. He revealed that he “committed with the leadership of the UAE state not to undertake any activity that would disturb the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi”, and that he “is not in the first place capable of carrying out any political action during this period.”
In parallel, it seemed remarkable that the majority of the leaders close to Hariri, especially the advisers and media figures affiliated with the movement (especially those who strongly oppose Hezbollah), decided to stay in the UAE, and some of them obtained Emirati citizenship, not just permanent residency, and started working with different companies, and they promoted that they They are not about to return to Lebanon soon, but they will have a contribution to political activities that satisfy Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Hariri: I want to work with my hands and I don’t trust anyone
Hariri’s decision sparked a wave of resentment among those who considered it an insult to the career of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, led by “Aunt Bahia” who confirmed that “Rafik Hariri’s house will remain open” and that she will tackle this task alone, with the possibility of moving to Beirut and running in the elections at the head of the current’s list in The third circuit.
After the return of Hariri and her son, the latter called for meetings of the leaders and coordinators of the movement in more than one region, and stressed that the movement would continue its work and participate in the elections, speaking of a new mechanism for coordination between him and the head of the Beirut Association for Social Development, Ahmed Hashemeh, who still prefers to lead an independent machine. On the grip of Ahmed Hariri.
However, MP Hariri’s position was not accepted by Hariri’s political leaders, not to mention President Fouad Siniora, who showed an additional distinction as he does not trust Ahmed Hariri’s leadership of the movement, nor does he want to be in one alliance with Baha Hariri. He considers that he can work with a team of Sunni personalities in Lebanon (among them the “Group of Twenty”) to lead the elections according to alliances that take into account internal and external accounts.