A Favorable First Impression

In Lebanon, politics is a family affair, and the Gemayel clan has been prominent on the national scene for half a century. Pierre Gemayel, now 72, founded the Christian Phalangist Party in the 1930s, and he raised his two sons to carry on the family role in politics. So when President-elect Bashir Gemayel was assassinated last September only nine days before he was to have been inaugurated, it came as no surprise that his brother Amin promptly declared his own candidacy. By a nearly unanimous vote in parliament, Amin was elected to a six-year...

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