FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks in Rabieh, Friday, May 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Hezbollah appears to be backing the Free Patriotic Movement's street protests as MP Michel Aoun prepares to mobilize his supporters this week against the government for refusing to address the issue of military and security appointments, a senior March 8 source said Sunday. The source dismissed as "baseless" media reports that Hezbollah was not happy with Aoun's escalatory moves against the Cabinet for passing a decree last week before discussing the appointment of senior military and security officers. According to the source, Aoun had discussed with Hezbollah officials escalatory measures, including street protests, he might take to regain what he terms "Christian rights" in the country's power-sharing system.Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, who is close to Salam, rejected Aoun's resort to street protests, saying all political parties can also mobilize their supporters in the street.Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, vowed to defend the Christian right to partnership by force.
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