Rifi Names as 'Traitor' Anyone Who Fails to Attend Election Sessions

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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi considered as “traitor” anyone who fails to attend the parliamentary sessions aiming at electing a new head of state and fill-out the one year long vacuum.

“Anyone who does not take part in the sessions to elect a president is a traitor. The vacuum has created a huge gap in the political security umbrella,” said Rifi in a press interview on Saturday.

“We will not let the Iranian project link itself to electing a president.”

Lebanon has been living since May 2014, when the term of president Michel Suleiman ended, a vacuum at the top state post due to the failure of rival parties to agree on a consensual president.

Furthermore, Rifi stressed that “the northeastern town of Arsal is a red line,” in reference to fears that the town might be used as a conduit for militants fighting in neighboring Syria to cross into Lebanon.

The latest clashes in Syria's al-Qalamoun, between Hizbullah and militants from the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front, take place close to the border of Arsal.

Rifi called on Hizbullah to “stop betting on the expanding Persian project and to return from Syria to preserve Lebanon.”

Hizbullah has been fighting along the ranks of the Syrian regime against the IS and al-Nusra Front, a situation that inflicted severe damage on Lebanon and bordering towns.

“Delusional are those who believe that we accept any sacrilege against Arsal. The town is a red line,” stressed the minister, assuring that each part of Lebanon will be preserved and protected.

He hailed the families of Arsal saying: “Arsal families are just like the families of Tripoli, they have both shown that their priority is the state and Arsal is not isolated from the nation.”

D.A.

Comments 25
Thumb geha 30 May 2015, 14:49

unfortunately, the fpm and hizbushaitan MPs know they are traitors to Lebanon, but to no avail.....

Thumb Mystic 30 May 2015, 14:50

Rifi shouldn't be the one calling others traitors. He is the official Da3ish spokesperson of Lebanon himself.

Thumb Mystic 30 May 2015, 18:50

Who is going to stand for the trial? The STL? Rifi the wahabi runs that court.

Thumb -phoenix1 30 May 2015, 21:21

Proof if you please ya Mystic, prove it and I'll approve it, simple.

Missing helicopter 30 May 2015, 22:46

Mystic, your boss Nasrallah the other day said Rifi and other Future officials will be the first victims of ISIS if they enter Lebanon. How dare you contradict him.

Missing helicopter 30 May 2015, 22:47

the=1=truth,
Any wonder mowaten declared Lebanon as a banana Republic, he must have seen your post.

Thumb thepatriot 01 June 2015, 10:12

Mastika! Why isn't Aoun going to vote at the parliament? Why isn't Ebola going? WHY?

Thumb canadianpaul 30 May 2015, 15:06

Once this all clears and we have a new president some time in the next century (if there's still an entity called Lebanon), they should think about envisaging to maybe try and change the constitution to electing a president with whoever shows up to Parliament.

Thumb canadianpaul 30 May 2015, 15:32

You make so much sense, but who's listening?

Thumb _mowaten_ 30 May 2015, 19:10

Yea, go ahead anonyme, put it in the constitution! You're right, the existing constitution is just here for the decor, if it doesnt work the way you want, just go ahead and replace it with the one you just imagined!

Thumb thepatriot 01 June 2015, 10:14

isn't it Aoun who wants to change it every time it does not suit him? Isn't it Aoun who now wants a direct vote from the people, therefore a change in the constitution ya momo??????

Missing helicopter 30 May 2015, 18:25

No need for the Constitution telling us how to elect Presidents. We have Southern to tell us who is a viable President.

Thumb _mowaten_ 30 May 2015, 18:26

LOL when the "justice minister" starts using words like that, with very heavy legal connotations completely out of their legal framework, that's when you know you're in a banana republic. Only the bananas are being thrown at Rifi by the Sauds, and he's jumping to catch them like the good puppy he is.

Thumb _mowaten_ 30 May 2015, 18:34

As a little hint for rifi and his pj lapdog, "treason" is when you give aid and comfort to the enemies of the nation, like.. you know.. when m14 armed and aided foreign takfiri terrorists, or when rifi armed ahmad assir and enabled him to kill dozens of lebanese soldiers... mister "glass house" should be careful if he wants to start throwing stones around..

Thumb barrymore 30 May 2015, 21:06

how much do you get paid to post such rhetoric? Do you have proof that Rifi armed Assir or anybody else. Do you think by making such claims people believe what you say?

Thumb _mowaten_ 30 May 2015, 21:49

en effet, ca doit etre ce que je te balance a la figure :)

Missing helicopter 30 May 2015, 22:45

mowaten, even a banana republic will not allow a militia like HA to exist in order to propagate Foreign ideology and protege in its midst.

Missing mohammad_ca 31 May 2015, 11:20

Treason like you know...when the leader of an exclusively sectarian terrorist militia says that all their decisions including war and peace and therefore the election of a president are dictated by a foreign vilayet e faqih

Thumb _mowaten_ 30 May 2015, 18:30

Funny how easily facts are invented and distorted by propagandists like lejack... They simply don't care about truth, so they just puke out whatever BS they can think of...

Thumb beiruti 30 May 2015, 20:17

Those Deputies who willfully refuse to perform their duties should be removed from office and the Quorum established without counting their number toward the 2/3 required to meet and elect a president.

Thumb blablablablabla 30 May 2015, 21:00

Anyone he said????

Mmmmmmm ok why not ...

But since charité bien ordonnée commence par soit même, he should jail ... Saad Hariri, Nayla Tueni etc... Since they are not generally in Lebanon to attend the election

Deal????

Thumb barrymore 30 May 2015, 21:07

never read any comment of yours that made any sense!

Thumb blablablablabla 30 May 2015, 22:04

No worries, since you are not required at your IQ low level understanding something smart from someone smarter then your Daech Comrades

Go back to your Bombing 009 classes and do not forget your suicide belt
Hopefully you ll be needing it soon :D

Thumb -phoenix1 30 May 2015, 21:23

Quote: "Rifi Names as 'Traitor' Anyone Who Fails to Attend Election Sessions", end of quote. Some may doubt Rifi, but then, knowing your opponents' mind make this statement of his worth its weight in gold.

Thumb thepatriot 01 June 2015, 10:10

Really Southy? Then why doesn't he go to parliament to cast his vote (for himself) with his little Ebola friends?