Bassil Heads FPM as Alain Aoun Expresses Dismay in Electoral Process

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The Free Patriotic Movement reached an agreement on Thursday for Jebran Bassil to be elected as its president.

Bassil, who is also the country's foreign minister, will succeed his father-in-law MP Michel Aoun as chief of the FPM.

Aoun will meanwhile select the vice presidents of the party, revealed LBCI television.

The elections were held during an extraordinary meeting for the FPM.

Aoun declared before the movement's members: “The agreement over the elections was based on the will of the majority.”

“I bless this decision and encourage it,” he added, while hoping that the members will be loyal to each other.

After the announcement, MP Alain Aoun, who was running in the election, issued a statement, saying: “I was seeking in this race to present my vision of the leadership of the movement for the upcoming phase.”

“I sought to present what I thought was best and most appropriate for the FPM based on the experience of the past ten years and what challenges we may expect in the future,” he added.

“Ever since the launch of the electoral campaign however, matters have veered off their desired course and it emerged that the necessary conditions to protect the democratic elections were lacking, which is a dangerous omen of division that may threaten the unity of the FPM in the post-elections stage,” added the lawmaker.

“Based on MP Michel Aoun's wishes, my constant confidence in him, and my awareness of the impact on the unity of the FPM, given the major political pressure it is under, I urge on all to overcome this phase and continue on working together for the interest and future of the movement,” he concluded.


Comments 48
Thumb justin 20 August 2015, 17:57

Setting the example and leading the way in practicing democracy! Aoun appoints his son in law as head of the party and states he will also appoint the vice presidents of the party.

Missing thatisit 20 August 2015, 18:03

Yep Change and reform
My son in law and my nephew to lead

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:51

Good luck

Missing humble 20 August 2015, 20:46

Norma.Jean for President of Lebanon of course (not of the useless FPM)

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:48

CongRats to the most suitable candidate ti head the Farsi Patriotic Movement. As we extend our hottest welcomes to get him a job where he can excel in obstructing the most annoying bunch of L looosers... we wish he become successful in shutting them up too.

Thumb EagleDawn 20 August 2015, 18:06

Fortunately, the FPM's internal charter does not require the head of the party to be taller than 140 cm.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:51

But but Alian was taller by only 1 cm, that is nit fair at all

Default-user-icon Fredo (Guest) 20 August 2015, 18:08

Democracy ... The will of the majority ... C'mon people wake up ! Political parties in Lebanon are just private companies with huge turnovers

Thumb ado.australia 20 August 2015, 18:41

Another family member! Let us all rejoice in the true example of Lebanese politics! Democracy... Lebanese style!

Thumb ex-fpm 20 August 2015, 18:43

time for aoun to rename the FPM to Family Pathetic Movement.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:55

FARSI : J.B. is the main link, his plane is being used to get the stash of cash from Qom Rev.Guards HQ Directly, no Sadirat Iran Banks or Mullat Iran, OT V Salaries, another Villa Can't wait

Missing humble 20 August 2015, 18:47

Great news...this is the beginning of the end...!!!

Thumb -phoenix1 20 August 2015, 19:02

Exactly Humble, going from bad to worse.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:58

Exactly right, hit it on the head. He looks nice in a napoleon hat though! !!!

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:58

Exactly right, hit it on the head. He looks nice in a napoleon hat though! !!!

Thumb ado.australia 20 August 2015, 18:51

Gemayel, Jumblatt, Aoun, Geagea, Berri, Murr, Frangieh, Hariri and (insert generic sunni leader from Tripoli)... is this the modern day or 1970/80/90s Lebanon?

Remove the Palestinians and Syrians, and maybe we have a chance... YA WATTAN, YA LIBNAN!

Thumb ado.australia 20 August 2015, 19:08

Yeh... Seniora doesn't travel to Riyadh or Paris to get instructions from Saadadine Hariri.
Sami Gemayel won the Kateab elections. Samir Geagea won the LF elections and Dory Chamoun won the his elections!

I actually like Sami Gemayel but there is no difference between his election and the election of Gebran Bassil! Just like Nabil Berri won the "election" for the Amal movement!

All the same

Thumb ado.australia 20 August 2015, 19:15

also Suliemian Frangieh won the Marada election, Omar Karami won his election and Sayyed Hassan Nasrahalla won his election! Even Talal Aslan won his election!

Thumb ado.australia 20 August 2015, 19:21

Brahim Kanaan would have been a good alternative to replace General Michel Aoun!

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 20:02

Over 140 cm sorry cant pass, even though its FPM Law it is not nice ...
You know what if he cut his two legs mmm , naaaa not a good idea there is the hair, Kanaan , no messed with his hair. So yes no chance for Kan Aan the Barbarian.

Default-user-icon boujamrah (Guest) 20 August 2015, 19:41

@ado Suliemian Frangieh and Omar Karami (Now son Faysal) never held internal election they inherited their leaderships and Hassan Nasrahalla was appointed by the Ayatollah to replace Moussawi.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 20:00

Geaga son don't forget; )

Thumb galaxy 20 August 2015, 18:59

A thief is now officially the head of the FPM.

Thumb -phoenix1 20 August 2015, 19:05

I believe that the Claoun has made a strategic mistake again, (what else? Has he ever been capable of one good decision?). Even though I have NO affinity towards the FPM and this because of the liar Claoun, still, it won't stop me from saying that Alain Aoun would have been one good successor to Aoun. Alain is educated, moderate and is fully capable of open and honest dialog with everyone, byt opting for the dwarf Gebran, the FPM will get even more dwarfed. Time to wrap up the party stage, the FPM is now hitting on the last nails of its coffin.

Thumb lebnanfirst 21 August 2015, 20:28

Agreed. All the BS about democratic election and it ends up in this maskhara outcome!
Then again this is not the first and worst mistake Aoun did, that was when he transcended his own former correct political views and allied himself with none other than Hizbullah!?!?

Thumb -phoenix1 20 August 2015, 19:07

And for those who ever thought of Aoun being the leader they felt could have been Brezident of Lebanon, now you see what a feudal lord he is? Yalla, kebbo 7elkoun bil ba7ar, afdal.

Thumb canadianpaul 20 August 2015, 19:08

Wow! Alain Aoun must have been close to winning that Claoun had to intervene personally and make an "appointment". So much for democracy, when the midget fails in the parliament elections and fails in his own party's elections, yet gets chance after chance to "lead".

5 cent bet that 2 years after Aoun's disappearance, the midget will be as "known" as Fares Boueiz is remembered today.

Thumb beiruti 20 August 2015, 19:20

This is Aoun's idea of democracy. He deems that his son in law has enough support and so he "blesses" the election that never really happened.

For those who really didn't like the FPM, this is the beginning of the end of our misery. This thing will fracture and fall apart as the FPM zilm start looking for the exit and a new giddo to follow around who will feed them and give them patronage.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 19:49

CongRats to the most suitable candidate ti head the Farsi Patriotic Movement. As we extend our hottest welcomes to get him a job where he can excel in obstructing the most annoying bunch of L looosers... we wish he become successful in shutting them up too.

Thumb canadianpaul 20 August 2015, 20:03

I give you this quote from the FPM's own forum: "Why they didn't elect a President of the Republic yet if they really believe that "tafehom" is better than crisis!!!"

Thumb liberty 21 August 2015, 05:27

"tafehom" lol.... it was an edict by the little dictator aoun.

Thumb freedomarch 20 August 2015, 20:05

Tric toc nock yes is sick very sick, Mecca have problems for him.

Default-user-icon .S.O.S (Guest) 20 August 2015, 20:06

Don't be silly, Bassil could not even become president of the FPM without the Daeshi tactic of his father in law.

Thumb nickjames 20 August 2015, 20:10

"Reached an agreement to elect" lol it's called appoint...

Thumb barrymore 20 August 2015, 21:00

more like "dictate"

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 20 August 2015, 20:22

Tric.portugal and the other Cretins deserve Bassil as their president.. S.O.S. the Cretins are being persecuted in region...Convert, Chaos or Cretin...S.O.S....Save the Cretins in Lebanon...S.O.S. Here comes Bassil to save the Cretins!!! Everyone agrees Bassil the head Cretin in Lebanon. Tric.portugal who self-identifies as a Cretin and who comes from a long line of Cretins is Bassil's biggest fan second only to Michel Aoun a big Cretins and head of the largest block of Cretins in Parliament.

Missing humble 20 August 2015, 20:44

I am really pleased with such a stupid outcome.
Imagine the imbassil - incompetent, uneducated, and corrupt - imposed by force by someone who always presented himself as the champion of democracy.
Followers : shut up and follow.

Thumb barrymore 20 August 2015, 20:57

If aoun had any credibility left within the Christian community, he surely just lost it now.

Default-user-icon naiim (Guest) 20 August 2015, 23:01

From alain aouns reaction it sounds more like a strong arm intervention from michel aoun than an agreement

Thumb habib 21 August 2015, 01:49

E hoydi hiyi lkhabriyyi tele3 jebran bassill raeson la l3awniyi

Default-user-icon tric.austral (Guest) 21 August 2015, 06:28

SOS......I have afraid.....SOS dangerous....SOS
Safe the cristhians in levant iu vatican say from geagea of the mecca
I have afraid

Thumb fadi_albeiruti 21 August 2015, 06:53

What? English TRIC-TRAC , English, you can go speak what ever the hell you are speaking on al-manar's website, this site is for English speakers only.

Thumb -phoenix1 21 August 2015, 14:24

70 cars, then 35, 1200 participants, a Aoun insulting and derogative as ever means one thing, the undoing of the FPM. He the Claoun will never, ever see the presidency of the republic, his in law Roukoz has been barbecued by none other than his sick dad in law, this is the sad end of the FPM, of a mad leader and of sheep followers. What is even more sad is this: If Aoun the Claoun chose an intelligent person who had one single iota of decency and integrity, then one could forgive the grumpy old man, but considering that the FPM had, and I repeat HAD, moderate, intelligent, educated, decent and capable people like Alain Aoun to name a few, Aoun's decision confirms what we always knew of the Caporal, that he never was capable and never will be capable of making or taking one single wise decision. Allah yer7amak ya Claoun.

Thumb -phoenix1 21 August 2015, 14:26

I love the reaction of the M8ers, silent would-be assassins working overtime in their clownish thumbing activity. They are a sad people witout guts but to insult and derogate, in everyone of them resides a Claoun in their brains, bootet hebal, wou ma ahbal minkoun illal mods.

Thumb beiruti 21 August 2015, 14:55

I see the Aoun Family Political Movement has sent out their thumbs down brigades to defend this indefensible action that they took this week. Well thumbs down to you guys.

Thumb eli-g 21 August 2015, 14:58

Baba, leh 3amo Alan Aoun ze3lein?
laano jeddo hatni raees kbeer kbeer ya baba.
Leh jeddo hatak raees baba?
tashleeh wa tadbeer... Asdi islah wa ta3eer ya baba.

Default-user-icon ;lolz (Guest) 21 August 2015, 17:34

wait till the fpm supporter realize they'll have to start holding up pictures of gebran bassil.

Thumb -phoenix1 21 August 2015, 19:43

The M8 sewer rats are not happy with our posts, some are going to bed earlier than usual for the supposed Beirut time, then the posts suffer less thumbs activity. Poor rats, sewer life has never been easy anyway.