It is incredible watching voters heading for the polls today. I have to say that my fellow blogger, Mezzo, completely hit the bull’s eye in predicting how voter behavior would play out today, when he said:
“This thought, however, came to my mind after seeing Aoun everywhere; leading every appearance, on every TV debate, at every reunion, and in every newspaper. Basically, everywhere and barely any trace of Camille Khoury, the real candidate against Amin Gemayel.”
Basically, Aoun successfully managed to turn Khoury into a proxy candidate. As one person commented on my previous post, Aoun cannot contest Gemayel himself given that he already is in Parliament (though he certainly doesn’t act like it).
However, this is far from a good thing. If Aoun claims to be leading a political party, then he needs to develop an infrastructure and sturdy fundamentals that have a longer life cycle than himself. This, he has miserably failed in doing. What this points out is the extent to which the party resembles that of a personality cult, except with an actual legal status. Once again, the Lebanese are succumbed to primitive politics and feudal representations. Unfortunately, it can only be said that the FPM’s supporters not only brought it upon themselves to stagnate any political maturity in the Lebanese national system, but have also brought it upon the rest of the population by guaranteeing at least one other generation of pre-modern party structure. Rather than advocating something more aligned with liberal democratic models, the party opted to encourage the status quo.
The end result, funny enough, is that Aoun is literally multiplying himself in the party.