File - Supporters of the Kataeb party march towards the Grand Serail during a rally in Beirut, Saturday, March 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Michelle Mathis)
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MP Sami Gemayel is set to be elected as president of the Kataeb Party Sunday, transferring the leadership of one of Lebanon's oldest political parties to the third generation of a family that has already produced two Lebanese presidents.Despite the overwhelming support Gemayel enjoys among rank and file members of the Kataeb, he will not run unopposed. Sami is also the grandson of Pierre Gemayel, who founded the Kataeb in 1936 .Speaking to The Daily Star, Atallah said his candidacy is partly aimed at protesting Gemayel's inheriting the leadership of the party from his father. Jabbour said that according to the party's bylaws, one has to be a party member for at least 15 years in order to run for its presidency. He noted that Gemayel took the party oath and became a member only in late 2007 . In 2000, Gemayel filed a request to join the Kataeb Party.Dagher disputed the idea that Gemayel was simply inheriting the presidency from his father, and said the party had proven that it was not ruled by the political dynasty.Dagher also noted that Sami Gemayel possessed the qualifications to become president of the Kataeb.
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