BEIRUT (AA): The Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has announced his resignation from the leadership of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) after chairing it for around half a century.
According to the Lebanese state news agency NNA, Jumblatt, 73, has called a party conference for June 25 to choose his successor.
He called on his party’s general secretariat to complete the relevant procedures of the elections process to elect a new successor for the post, it added.
In 1977, Jumblatt became the PSP leader following the assassination of his father Kamal during the 15-year Lebanese civil war.
After his father’s assassination, he also inherited the leadership of the Druze community in Lebanon, making him one of the most important public figures in the Lebanese political scene.
PSP has a parliamentary bloc, known as the Democratic Gathering bloc, of nine lawmakers headed by his son Walid’s son Taymur.