@JB81 is the type of dude to get into a brawl with you arguing that the moon is an alien spaceship if Bassil told him so. Then switch his position a week later mocking those who believe that theory when his god and master Bassil flips.
I have two examples: GMA was a policy maker in Lebanon without having to be minister himself same for SHN So being powerful is not about having a ministry for himself or not. he won the elections and this will give him X number of ministers that will follow his policy. So he can affect the general policy of the government by being at home (figuratively of course) It is time for him and FPM to live up to their principles (if any are left) but of course he won't be Bassil anymore if he does that
PS. I invite you to avoid this logic because all dictatorship from Kim to Basho, to Trump (dictator in the making) take circumstances as a pretext to brush aside values and principles.