Druse parliamentarians in Lebanon gave mixed statements on Saturday concerning their support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and his ongoing crackdown of anti-regime protesters in Syria.
Druse leader and Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt called for "arming" the Syrian regime, and called Assad a megalomaniac in one of his harshest criticism of the Syrian regime yet.
Speaking with the French Le Monde newspaper, Jumblatt said the Syrian regime is promoting "coalitions comprised of minority communities," and said it was time for the Druse of Syria to decide whether they were for the Assad government or against it.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Druse and leader of the Lebanese Democratic Party Talal Arslan said that Jumblatt's comments do not reflect the opinion of the greater Druse community, according to Lebanese news outlet Now Lebanon.
“Jumblatt expresses his personal position and not that of the Druse sect,” Arslan told the Lebanese television station affiliated with Hezbollah.
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