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As it stands, both Bassil and Roukoz's leverage remains hinged on their personal relationship with Aoun. Traditional powers within the FPM have been sidelined, including MPs and senior party officials. Opposition to Bassil became tantamount to opposition to Aoun himself.Although Bassil now helms the Free Patriotic Movement, he wields no actual power. Any influence he can leverage is the direct result of his relationship to Aoun and his de jure positions as party president and Lebanon's foreign minister. Bassil has failed to reach out to key party members and finds himself internally isolated.Most carried the Army's flag; no FPM banners were raised.His prominent position as a senior Army commander could translate into support beyond the party. The parties ran together during municipal elections and are expected to do the same in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
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