| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

Presidential rug pulled from under Bassil’s feet

It is obvious that the Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil was in trouble during his appearance last Sunday. This is because he sought the assistance of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and fell into his arms.

Sources confirm that Bassil is aware that he is losing everything, and that his popularity is dwindling. This had made him aggressive in his speech, shooting arrows in all directions.

Sources told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that danger lies in Bassil’s sectarian speech, as he is playing the chord on the rights of Christians, which opens the door for other sects to play on the same chord. Sources added that “Bassil has revealed all his cards, and he ended up relinquishing the powers of the President and granting it to Nasrallah as a gift of obedience, because he thinks that Hezbollah holds all the power keys.

The sources ensure that Bassil’s obsession is how to reach the presidency, as he considers himself the sole heir of President Michel Aoun.

Bassil does not feel safe without power, sources said, and he loses his popularity daily because he wasn’t able to manage the power he gained. The number of enemies increased, and the presidential rug has been pulled from under his feet.

Sources indicate that Bassil knows very well that President Aoun can no longer endorse Bassil as a president among his allies, especially Hezbollah, who perceives Bassil as greedy and demanding. This is not suitable for Hezbollah, who has strategic allies closer to him than Bassil.

What worsened Bassil’s situation is the rising shares of the Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, in the presidential bourse. European officials feel that army chief is more suitable to undertake the presidency at this delicate stage that requires political and security awareness. The country is mired in severe economic and financial crisis that requires standing by the Lebanese Army and supporting it to preserve security. This means that General Joseph Aoun is being monitored, and his success in preserving security and aligning the army to face the crisis, will open or him the door towards Baabda.

However, Bassil is aware and afraid of this.

  • Sawt Beirut International