Future Movement

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Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal
تيار المستقبل
Leader Saad Hariri
Founder Rafic Hariri
Founded 1992 (informal)
August 2007 (official)
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Ideology Liberalism
Classical liberalism
Secularism
Political position Centre-right
Religion Secular
Sunni Islam
National affiliation March 14 Alliance
International affiliation Liberal International (observer)
Regional affiliation Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy
Parliament of Lebanon
26 / 128
Cabinet of Lebanon
3 / 30
Party flag
Flag of the Future Movement.svg
Website
Official Site
Politics of Lebanon
Political parties
Elections

Future Movement (Arabic: تيار المستقبل, Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal) (FM) is a Lebanese political movement, led by MP Saad Hariri, the younger son of the assassinated former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafic Hariri.

The movement is the largest member of the March 14 Alliance, which won a majority of the seats in the 2009 parliamentary elections.

The Party was officially founded in August 2007, yet it was only declared on April 5, 2009 in a convention held at the BIEL convention center in Beirut. Like many Lebanese parties the Future Movement is officially secular, and the economically liberal Future Movement is predominantly supported by the Sunni Muslims of Lebanon.

After the killing of Ahmad Abdel-Wahid, the Future Movement called on Sunni Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati to immediately resign, claiming his March 8 Alliance cabinet had shown incapability to maintain the country's internal security.[1]

The party is an observer member of the Liberal International.[2]

Politics[edit]

Future Movement is part of the March 14 Alliance that includes, amongst many groups, the Christians associated with the Lebanese Forces and Kataeb parties (main 2 allies of FM). Most of its base is made up of Sunni Muslims.

The main opponent of Future Movement is the March 8 Alliance, most important parts being Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) led by General Michel Aoun and the Shia Hezbollah and Amal Movements. There are also other opponents that are neither with March 8 Alliance nor March 14 Alliance such as Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Opposition to Hezbollah[edit]

In 2011, an official of the Future Movement warned that Shia Hezbollah "has all the characteristics of a terrorist party", and that Hezbollah is moving Lebanon toward the Iranian Shi'ite Islamic system of government.[3]

On 23 June 2013, Future Movement MP Nohad el Machnouk told Murr TV that Lebanon is under occupation by Hezbollah.[4]

Media[edit]

The future Movement has an important media presence in Lebanon and internationally. Media outlets expressing the Movement's views include Future Television, Future News, Radio Orient and Al Mustaqbal daily newspaper.

Future Youth[edit]

The Future Movement's youth wing, Future Youth, is a member of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), and hosted the 2009 IFLRY Executive conference in Beirut. Already in November 2010 they hosted another IFLRY-event, this time the General

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