| 22 April 2024, Monday |

2018-2022 History: The rise and fall of the covenant

It is no coincidence that the Free Patriotic Movement is fighting for an orphan seat in Kesrouan, which it swept in 2005 and won two deputies in 2018.

It is not a minor detail for the movement to request a seat in the Baalbek-Hermel district from Hezbollah.

It is not a minor detail that President of the Republic General Michel Aoun spent half a day persuading candidate Amal Abu Zeid to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the electoral race following his bitter dispute with the other Aounist candidate, Ziad Aswad.

It is not a coincidence that the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, cannot reconcile Dr. Walid Khoury and Simon Abi Ramia in Jbeil, or Ibrahim Kanaan and Elias Bou Saab in northern Metn, despite the ambiguous withdrawal of Ghassan Mukheiber after he had planned to run for elections as a candidate in one of the two Orthodox seats in the department.

The fact that the President of the Republic and the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement are unable to reconcile MP  Farid Al-Boustany and candidate Naji Al-Boustany is not meaningless.

What is remarkable is that there is a former Aounist candidate running against a current Aounist candidate in each electoral district:

Ziad Abass, a former leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, confronts Nicolas Sehnaoui in Ashrafieh.

The two former leaders of the Free Patriotic Movement, Naim Aoun (Nephew of General Aoun) and Ramzi Kanj running against Alain Aoun in Baabda.

The leader of the Free Patriotic Movement Randa Abboud against Ibrahim Kanaan in the northern Metn.

Who would have dared to run against General Michel Aoun’s will in the past? Today, in the decline phase, everyone disagrees on what caused the current transition from the stage of “exclusion” to “satisfaction,” and “satisfaction” will be achieved by the weak rather than the strong.

  • Sawt Beirut International