Aoun claims he has won the Metn by-election by around 4000 votes – according to information he received from the Interior Ministry.
Gemayel has refused to concede defeat, demanding a new vote, being the democrat that he is. He slammed Aoun voters as “newcomers”, a racist reference to the Armenians who backed Aoun.
Walid Junblatt, laughing at the outlandishness of his own statement said the win for Aoun would be the start of a new civil war.
Gemayel’s personal defeat in this election for a single parliamentary seat virtually rules him out of winning the presidency. If he has indeed won the seat, it will be by such a narrow margin that it will seriously damage his presidential campaign. Don’t forget – he wasn’t competing directly against Aoun, but by an Aoun party member.
In the battle between Gemayel and Aoun-party member, Gemayel has on this day ended his facist dynasty forever. And although Aoun will always be remembered as the arrogant warmonger that extended the civil war by a year, the hammering of the Phalange Party is something to celebrate.
Choosing between blood-thirsty former Prime Minister who thought he was President – and – war-leader former President who signed a peace treaty with Israel. Tough choice.