File - Patriarch Beshara Rai, right, receives Nader Hariri, the head of former Prime Minster Saad Hariri's office in Bkirki, Monday, May 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkirki, HO)
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Basbous retires on June 5 while Kahwagi's term ends on Sept. 23, and Aoun has made it clear that the rules calling for the appointment of new Army and ISF commanders must be abided by.Aoun, however, is gearing up for a new campaign: that of defending the rights of Christians, even if this means terminating the current status quo and devising a new formula that would guarantee a fairer partnership between Lebanon's Muslims and Christians.Therefore, the sources added, Aoun will become more vocal in his demand that Roukoz be appointed as the new Army commander, in light of the popularity and respect the latter enjoys both within the military and also among Christians.A minister in the Salam government explained that Aoun's positions enjoy the full backing of his allies in Hezbollah. The minister added that although Hezbollah backs Aoun, the powerful party and its allies the Amal Movement are still convinced that the Salam government should be safeguarded at this point.
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