Aoun’s FPM fans rally near presidential palace in Baabda (The Daily Star/ Mohammed Azakir)
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Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement gathered near the presidential palace in Baabda Sunday to mark the 26th anniversary of the "Oct. 13 massacre". While the annual gathering is ostensibly to remember the 1990 attack on the presidential palace by the Syrian army, in the intervening years it has become a chance for followers of Gen. Michel Aoun – head of the Change and Reform bloc in Parliament and founder of the FPM – to celebrate their allegiance.Hashem added that Aoun was the right person for the top job because he has already served as president – Aoun was acting president of a military government between 1988 and 1990 . He also said he thought that all the ministries run by the FPM party had done good work, claiming the Telecommunications and Energy ministries were examples of where FPM officials had tried to introduce improvements but were blocked by other parties.Aoun only returned after the Syrian occupation of Lebanon ended in 2005 .
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