Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives for an international conference on Islamic State at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris, Sept. 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Alain Jocard)
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After political rhetoric ramped up over the weekend between candidates hoping to maintain or earn in a seat in Lebanon's Parliament, the editor-in-chief of a local daily lambasted Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in an article published Monday.Al-Akhbar printed a full page article by Ibrahim al-Amin entitled "A Review with Gebran Bassil," in which Amin questions the FPM leader and 2018 candidate for Batroun's alliances and positions on controversial issues. Bassil has declared alliances with parties the FPM had traditionally rivaled, such as Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya (the Muslim Brotherhood's Lebanese branch) and Rene Mouawad – an outspoken critic of the FPM – in north Lebanon.Prime Minister Saad Hariri took a hardline stance against leaders ofopposition lists, including former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi.
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