Ministers Gebran Bassil, right, and Melhem Riachi attend a Cabinet session in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The rift between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces appeared to have widened over the weekend, with officials from both sides trading barbs via Twitter. The issue began Friday with a tweet laden with biblical references from caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi that was interpreted by many to have been directed at caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who heads the FPM.The LF and FPM were once foes but an understanding between LF leader Samir Geagea and FPM founder Michel Aoun brought Lebanon's two main Christian parties together.LF MP Fadi Saad, who was running to be one of two Parliament secretaries, reportedly withdrew after he was made aware of alleged attempts to isolate the LF.Former LF MP Fadi Karam also entered the Twitter debate, lashing out at Bassil.
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