File- Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Free Patriotic Movement chief Gebran Bassil said his party was prepared to withdraw its support for MP Michel Aoun if the Lebanese people chose a different presidential candidate.Speaking in a televised news conference, Bassil, who inherited the leadership of the FPM from Aoun, his father-in-law, also rejected a new extension to the term of the army commander.Aoun, who is the bloc's leader, is supported by Hezbollah, the Lebanese Forces and some March 8 groups.However, Bassil said the FPM would not back down on its "constitutional right".Turning to the extension of Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi's term, Bassil said his party was completely against such a move.
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