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aoun-bassilFree Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is holding consultations with top party officials to garner backing for his son-in-law Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to head the movement, officials said.

The officials, who were not identified, told al-Mustaqbal newspaper published on Thursday that Bassil will be elected as FPM leader on September 20.

Aoun is exerting “strong efforts” with FPM officials, including those rejecting Bassil’s leadership, to avoid any battle during the elections, they said.

The officials told the daily that Aoun informed his supporters on the schedule of the elections after he made major changes to the party’s by-laws.

The head of the Change and Reform bloc decided that the electoral process would start from the leadership post and then move to officials who will take charge of the FPM bureaus across Lebanon.
Bassil is married to Chantale Michel Aoun .

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