Not So ‘Explosive’ after All, What Made Aoun Change His Mind?


What softened an expected “explosive” presidential speech is a meeting that took place late Sunday between Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil and Hizbullah coordination official Wafiq Safa, sources said.

Informed sources told the PSP's al-Anbaa news portal, in remarks published Tuesday, that the meeting, that lasted till Monday morning, made President Michel Aoun’s criticism less harsh.

Aoun was reportedly going to “call things by their name,” but ended up criticizing Hizbullah and Amal without naming them.

Aoun in his televised speech Monday used vague suggestions instead of naming the Shiite duo, “so as not to anger Hizbullah, his main ally in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections,” the sources said.

The sources went on to say that the Bayada talks “revived the (2006) Mar Mikhael understanding” between the FPM and Hizbullah.

Meanwhile, Bassil’s scheduled press conference on January 2 will “take a different direction,” the sources said. “It will be very convenient for Hizbullah.”

FPM MP Mario Aoun denied a link between the president’s words and the Safa-Bassil meeting. He said that “he heard from the President exactly what he had expected.”

However, the lawmaker added that the meeting might have an impact on Bassil’s position regarding his disagreements with Hizbullah.

Comments 5
Thumb lubnani.masi7i 28 December 2021, 13:52

is it Al Capone or Al CapAoun?

Thumb galaxy 28 December 2021, 14:01

What a Strong President!

Thumb EagleDawn 28 December 2021, 14:25

“بتبقى انت الحلم، والحلم ما بيشيخ”
الله يحميك
بي الكل
A fearless man - A real leader - A true statesman

Thumb justin 28 December 2021, 14:58

اللواء صليبا لعون: على يقين بتخطي العاصفة كونكم القبطان

أشار المدير العام لأمن الدولة اللواء طوني صليبا بعد لقائه رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون، الى أن “أعداء الوطن كثر ولكننا لهم بالمرصاد على مدار الساعة وكلما انتشر الشك بنجاة قارب الوطن زدنا نحن يقيناً بتخطي العاصفة عندما تكونون انتم القبطان”.

Thumb SheikYerbouti 28 December 2021, 21:11

Yesterday Michel Aoun was engaging in what is known as Takiya, a religiously sanctioned telling of lies, dishonest falsehoods, deceits usually practiced by Shias, borrowed by a Maronite Christian, to mislead the Lebanese population. He only fooled himself and, it seems, Mario Aoun.