Last Thursday while the Lebanese were anxiously awaiting the results of the US presidential elections, where many watched understanding the outcome would determine the fate of the region and their country, news broke of looming sanctions against Gebran Bassil, former foreign minister and the head of the Free Patriotic Movement and the son-in-law of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) carry flags and a picture of Christian politician and FPM founder Michel Aoun (R) and Lebanese Foreign Minister and head of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Gebran Bassil, during a rally to show support for Aoun and calling to elect a president, near the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, Lebanon October 16, 2016. (Reuters)
Gebran Bassil announces a resignation statement as ministers from the Shia duo of Hezbollah and Amal Movement listen, Jan. 12, 2011. This forced the collapse of Saad Hariri’s government. (Reuters)