Hezbollah reportedly dismayed at Bassil's presidential approach


Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil's announcement that he might nominate himself for presidency had "a very negative resonance" for Hezbollah, informed sources said.

The sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper, in remarks published Tuesday, that Hezbollah circles were dismayed at Bassil's words.

They added that Hezbollah has sensed that Bassil is completely severing contacts between the two parties, regarding the presidential file.

Bassil had announced on Sunday that he might nominate himself for the presidency should the other parties reject two FPM proposals for consensus.

“Should the first and second endeavors fail and our stances be considered as resulting from weakness rather than keenness, I will seriously think of running for president regardless of loss or win, so that we at least preserve the principle of legitimate representation,” Bassil said.

Comments 4
Thumb i.report 31 January 2023, 14:34

Trouble in paradise! It seems that the relationship between the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah has hit a rough patch, with both sides seemingly jockeying for position. It's almost like they're two rival Mafia groups fighting over who gets the bigger slice of the pie of whatever is left to be stolen. JB wants something in return for providing political cover to Hizb's nefarious activities.

Missing thecause 31 January 2023, 15:42

FPM is finished! Today many members resigned in Jezzine.

Thumb i.report 31 January 2023, 16:43

Criminal gangs such as the FPM do not prioritize legitimacy in their operations...

Missing rabiosa 31 January 2023, 17:15

If Bassile wants to piss off everyone, he should make the hard decision as much as it's unlikely, and go to Maarab and tell Geagea, he will team up with LF and back whomever, so as long as neither Franjieh nor Army general gets to Baabda.