| 6 December 2021, Monday |

Gebran Bassil is haunted by elections’ “phobia”

The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, is now haunyed by the “phobia” of elections, which is highly affecting the interior decisions of the movement, and causing confusion among its supporters.

And, as is common at every electoral entitlement, American sanctions against Bassil hampered his movements and electoral agreements.

In this context, sources within the movement indicated that Bassil’s decisions had a bad impact on the morale of the movement, which began to feel the bitterness of Bassil’s decisions throughout President Michel Aoun’s term, and there is a sense of responsibility given Bassil’s intransigence and behavior.

According to Sawt Beirut International, all of Bassil’s statistics’ results came back negative, indicating that the movement may lose some of its seats in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

“Bassil tackled this issue with Hezbollah, but he has not received an answer so far, because the party is living a confusion between the Free Patriotic Movement and the head of the Marada Movement, Sleiman Franjieh, despite the fact that the party’s helm tends to Franjieh in the parliamentary and presidential elections, and there is a tendency to enlarge the size of the party’s population,” the sources added. The party is looking forward to assign Franjieh as a candidate for the party’s nomination as a candidate for the presidential elections, which Bassil is fully aware of.”

According to sources, Bassil is frustrated because the rug of the presidency has become a wish for him, and he has lost the elements of his candidacy by Hezbollah, which Bassil has repeatedly warned against going too far with his war against Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, as the party no longer has the ability to persuade the Speaker to abandon some Christian seats in favor of Bassil.

The sources added: “Among the issues that worsened the situation between the party and Bassil are Beirut Port Blast investigations, and supporting the Judicial Investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, although Bassil tried to restore his relationship with the party through the Tayouneh case, but he did not achieve the desired results.”