Walid Jumblat -- the son of the assassinated Lebanese left wing leader Kamal Jumblat -- unveiled a statue of his father last left wing Bruze supporters, Jumblat paid homage to his father who was leader of the Progressive Socialist Party until his death in 1977 (16 March).
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SV Jumblat speaking in Arabic
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Background: Walid Jumblat -- the son of the assassinated Lebanese left wing leader Kamal Jumblat -- unveiled a statue of his father last left wing Bruze supporters, Jumblat paid homage to his father who was leader of the Progressive Socialist Party until his death in 1977 (16 March).
SYNOPSIS: Jumblat watched a parade of militia men and groups of supporters before the unveiling ceremony. The Druze are a small but significant Islamic sect who profess to true monotheism and believe in the divinity of al-Hakim Bi-Amr Allah, the sixth caliph of the Egyptian Fatimid dynasty. The Druze Guard their secret doctrines which contain elements of Ismaili, Jewish, Christian, Neoplatonic and Iranian elements.
The Druze await the second coming of al-Hakim and the Last Judgement. In 1925 they led an uprising against the French who attempted to upset their traditions and tribal hierarchy. In modern times the Druze have become associated with Lebanon's left wing. Kamal Jumblat -- a hereditary chieftain of the Druze -- was the founder of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist party. Jumblat emerged as the leader of leftist forces fighting Christian supremacy in the civil war. He was an ardent supporter of the palestinian cause and with their help he fought the Christian Falangists. Kamal Jumblat was host dead in a ambush in March 1977.
His son, Walid Jumblat led the commemorative ceremony. He told those gathered that his father -- who was an admirer of Mahatma Gandhi -- was an example of restraint and discipline which should be followed by all Progressive Socialist Party members and supporters. Walid Jumblat has been the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party since his father's death.