Frangieh lamented that the FPM protests were not coordinated with his movement.
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MP Sleiman Frangieh, a key ally of MP Michel Aoun, criticized Friday the Free Patriotic Movement's anti-government street protests as inappropriate at this time, while reiterating his support for the FPM leader's presidential bid.But Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, said the FPM would continue its campaign to regain Christian rights in the public administration. Frangieh renewed his support for Aoun's presidential bid but criticized the FPM chief's call for a federal system to govern Lebanon.Frangieh said that he backed Aoun's demands to regain Christian rights in the public administration and the presidency's powers, but without undercutting the premiership's powers.Bassil repeated that Christians in Lebanon were facing "a political genocide" by the FPM's political rivals, saying the FPM would continue its protests until Christian rights were restored.Bassil, who engaged in a shouting match with Salam over what the foreign minister said was infringement on the Maronite president's powers, said the system adopted by the Cabinet for passing decrees qualifies ministers to act as the representatives of the president during the yearlong presidential vacuum.
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