|Leader||Ahmad Kamel El-Assaad|
|Founded||2007 (Movement) |
Moderate Shia Islamism
|National affiliation||March 14 Alliance|
Lebanese Option Party (LOP) (Arabic: حزب الإنتماء اللبناني , in English Lebanese Option, French L'Option libanaise) is a Lebanese secular and an economically liberal party, which is also a predominantly Shia political movement established in 2007. It is headed by Ahmad Kamel El-Assaad (Arabic: أحمد كامل الأسعد), the son of the former speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Kamel El-Assaad and the grandson of the former speaker of the Parliament Ahmad El-Assaad (Arabic: أحمد بك الأسعد).
Lebanese Option strongly protests the political hegemony of the two movements Hezbollah and Amal Movement on the Shi'ite community in Lebanon. Its platform is more in line with the Lebanese majority March 14 Alliance and greatly opposed to mainstream Shi'ite movements allied with the March 8 Alliance, namely Hezbollah and Amal Movement. But the Lebanese Option is not an official part of the March 14 Alliance and keeps an independent secular status.
In early June 2013, a Lebanese Option activist, and head of the party's student wing Hashem Salman was shot dead during a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. The protest, organized by the LOP, criticized Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian Civil War. In mid-October 2013, its leader, Ahmad El-Assaad, called for Lebanon to cut ties with Bashar al-Assad's government and the expulsion of its ambassador.
- Lebanese Shiite Political Party Statement on Hezbollah (from The Daily Star
- YaLibnan article: Ahmad El-Assaad: An alternative to Hezbollah in Lebanon Archived 2009-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
- قتيل و11 جريحا باشكال بين مناصري أحمد الأسعد وحزب الله قرب السفارة الإيرانية (in Arabic). Naharnet. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- Fahd Al Zayabi Lebanon’s Shi’ites divided over Hezbollah’s role in Syria Asharq Alawsat 15 June 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013
- Karam, Zeina; Yasmin Saker (June 9, 2013). "Anti-Hezbollah protester killed in Lebanon rally against militants' role in Syria civil war". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- http://www.yalibnan.com/2013/10/16/assaad-calls-for-cutting-ties-with-the-syrian-regime/[permanent dead link]
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