FPM supporters protest in Beirut, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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MP Michel Aoun's anti-government street protests will not lead to achieving any of his objectives, such as the appointment of his son-in-law as Army commander or his election as president, political analysts said Tuesday.Haddad said the FPM leader is using the same tactics – street demonstrations, public gatherings and political banners – he employed at the Presidential Palace in Baabda in 1989, a year after he was asked by then President Amine Gemayel at the end of his six-year tenure to form a transitional government to prepare for the election of a new president.Abou Zeid said the street campaign would backfire on Aoun.Nader said he agreed with Aoun's push for the restoration of Christian rights in the public administration.Both Nader and Haddad ruled out the possibility of Hezbollah's participation in the FPM's planned demonstrations.Although the FPM's demonstrations will not threaten civil peace or the country's power-sharing system based on the Taif Accord, which Aoun had fiercely opposed when it was signed by Muslim and Christian lawmakers in the Saudi mountain city of Taif in 1989, Nader said the street action might trigger counter-protests. Haddad, the AUB professor, said even if Hezbollah decided to back the FPM's protests, this would not threaten civil peace or the Taif Accord.
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