It is not a coincidence that the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, is presenting the megacenter file now. This step is planned in advance, and aims at canceling the parliamentary elections.
Ministerial sources confirmed to Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that Bassil is carrying out a systematic campaign that was prepared in advance inside the corridors of Mirna Shalouhi, to keep President Michel Aoun in the presidency and extend his term. Bassil is fully aware that the megacenter file will not be approved, but he wants an excuse to extend Aoun’s era.
In this context, sources told to SBI that after a series of meetings held between Bassil and his close advisors who draw up the political plans of the Covenant and the Free Patriotic Movement, it became clear to them that the elections will not bring Bassil to the Presidency, due to two main reasons.
The first is due to the sanctions imposed by the United States on Bassil, which constitutes an obstacle to his presidential career, and the second is Bassil’s complete conviction that his ally Hezbollah did not keep pace with him in his journey towards Baabda Palace, because the party no longer wants a president like Michel Aoun, but rather looks for a smaller figure capable of managing Hezbollah’s affair.
This means in other words, a figure that does not have a significant parliamentary representation, and a figure that would be satisfied with the gains provided by Hezbollah, unlike Basil, who wants a lot in exchange for covering the party’s weapons.
The sources said that, according to these available data, the decision was taken in Mirna Shalouhi, to move towards Plan B, which is to cancel the Parliamentary elections through the megacenter trap, and to extend for the Parliament and the President of the Republic, in order to pass this stage and fix the damages inflicted on the Covenant and its movement.
Aoun’s stay in Baabda keeps Bassil in the negotiating axis in order to impose the conditions he deems appropriate for his interests. Aoun wants to guarantee his son-in-law in Baabda after the end of his presidential term.