Rifi: Saad Hariri is Finished, Sunnis Awaiting a 'New Hariri'

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Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has announced that his ties with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri are “totally severed,” while claiming that the former premier has lost his influence in the Sunni community.

“There are no channels of communication or any exchange of words or greetings,” Rifi said in an interview with MTV.

The minister however noted that he is maintaining communication with al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc head MP Fouad Saniora, MP Bahia Hariri, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and “other members of al-Mustaqbal Movement.”

Commenting on Mashnouq's decision to ask the government to ban the Arab Democratic Party and the Islamic Unification Movement faction led by Hashem Minqara, Rifi noted that “Prime Minister Tammam Salam will not dare to put the disbanding of the two groups on the cabinet's agenda.”

“If he refrains from doing so, I will not hesitate to attack him,” Rifi added.

The resigned minister also noted that from now on he will not visit the Center House – the headquarters of ex-PM Saad Hariri.

“I belong to Qureitem not to the Center House,” Rifi added, referring to the headquarters of slain ex-PM Rafik Hariri, Saad's father.

Saad “Hariri is finished and the Sunnis are awaiting a new Hariri,” the resigned minister went on to say.

Boasting about his rising influence in the Sunni community, Rifi added: “I am strong in Tripoli and my influence is spreading to Akkar in which I will have candidates (in the parliamentary elections). I also have presence now western and central Bekaa and I'm rivaling Hariri in Beirut's third electoral district.”

Rifi also revealed that Saudi Arabia had asked him through its ambassador to fulfill two demands that he snubbed – “visiting the Center House and returning to the government.”

He however emphasized that his relation with the kingdom is characterized by “respect” and that Riyadh has not tried to “restrict” his political activities.

Separately, Rifi hailed the Lebanese Forces and its leader Samir Geagea, describing the LF chief as “our first ally.”

Asked why he has not visited Maarab lately, Rifi said he does not want to “embarrass” Geagea.

Rifi also ruled out any political developments in Lebanon before the U.S. presidential elections, noting that Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh have no chances to reach the Baabda Palace.

Comments 29
Thumb ex-fpm 13 September 2016, 14:35

Rifi: Saad Hariri is Finished, Sunnis Awaiting a 'New Hariri'

You are their new leader. Every Sunni I talk to says he/she will vote for you.! Godspeed Ashraf Rifi

Thumb .mowaten. 13 September 2016, 15:22

I wish it was true though, putting rifi in the spotlight is the surest way of exposing his takfiri allies and precipitating their fall.

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 15:41

"Every Sunni I talk to"....Where do you talk to Sunnis?

Thumb .mowaten. 13 September 2016, 17:36

"aunt-bens": I suggest you go see a therapist and tell him about your childhood. much trauma there it seems.

Missing humble 13 September 2016, 15:19

The most important thing is that Rifi is against Ebola and corrupt caporal.
Rifi is a great patriot while others obey to external countries!

Thumb .mowaten. 13 September 2016, 15:28

yea a great patriot, if his country is KSA

Missing humble 13 September 2016, 15:31

Look at yourself before insulting others.

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 16:08

Mowaten, I love how hated puppets get mad and you call them collaborators.

Thumb galaxy 13 September 2016, 15:55

it won't happen Mystic, coz the hezbollah are his party.

Thumb ice-man 13 September 2016, 17:56

My Friend @Mystic (MF)

Do you still cry your eyes out like I do when you remember sayidna hussain.?

Thumb liberty 14 September 2016, 05:41

"Rifi protects isis and nusra" and it shows

السوبرستار افتتح مهرجانات طرابلس... وريفي لـ"النهار": سقطت الافتراءات عن مدينتنا

Missing peace007 13 September 2016, 15:42

Same applies to every sect Mystic. Secterian thinking is a disease in Lebanon. Nobody works for the sake of the country as a whole.

Thumb shab 13 September 2016, 22:58


Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 15:54

"Rifi: Saad Hariri is Finished, Sunnis Awaiting a 'New Hariri'"....Sunnis of Lebanon have always been Arab nationalists (majority) and they never supported Royal puppet dictators. In the 1950's until the 1980's, when the Royal Kings were aligned with American imperialism, most Lebanese Sunnis and Arab Sunnis supported Nasser and Arab Nationalists. Majority of Lebanese Sunnis are done with Harirism. Rifi is a better speaker than the illiterate Saad, but the only thing he can do is make empty rhetoric. The KSA does not have the money like before to bribe voters to vote for Al Mustaqbal (that also includes many Christians in Koura and the North). He is looking to grab money and MP seats in mostly Sunni areas.

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 16:03

I remember in 2008, Hariri paid hundreds of armed thugs in the North to attack a dozen members of the SSNP in Halba. When he asked some of them to go to Beirut and help Hariri militias (or "Guards") to fight HA and their allies, none of them did because they will NOT risk their lives for Hariri. Hariri men in Beirut ran and did not even fight.

Thumb ex-fpm 13 September 2016, 16:19

"When he asked some of them to go to Beirut and help Hariri militias (or "Guards")

It sure seems you were in attendance! Your stories are entertaining. Keep writing

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 16:09

Yes, he is. That and his empty rhetoric! You think his followers are going to take up arms and die for him and Israeli interests??? What a fool.

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 17:37

I noticed that is ALWAYS on your mind! What a loser!!!

Thumb justin 13 September 2016, 17:15

ارتفاع قتلى ميلشيا "حزب الله" في سوريا إلى 8 خلال يومين

نعت ميليشيا حزب الله اللبناني التي تقاتل إلى جانب قوات الأسد في سوريا، قتيلين جديدين لها على أيدي الثوار في سوريا، ليرتفع العدد خلال اليومين الماضيين وحتى الآن إلى ثمتنية قتلى.

وتم الإعلان عن القتيلين اليوم وهما "حسين محمد الخطيب" الملقب بـ نور الزهراء، من قرية شقرا الجنوبية في قضاء بنت جبيل، والثاني هو "محمود علي بيضون" من قرية الشهابية في قضاء "صور".

وكانت ميلشيا حزب الله أعلنت يوم أمس عن مقتل خمسة من عناصرها في سوريا على أيدي الثوار وخاصة في حلب، وهم "خضر محمد صفا" من بلدة النبطية الجنوبية، و"محمود علي بيضون" من بلدة الشهابية الجنوبية، و"حسن أحمد هزيمة" من بلدة ميس الجبل الجنوبية (سكان الشياح).


Thumb ice-man 13 September 2016, 18:00


How Sad.... How Awful... How depressing to hear how our resistance fighters are getting slaughtered in Syria defending us in Lebanon. Why is the world so silent? Where is the world's conscience? Where is humanity or what is left of it?

My deep felt condolences go out to their families and friends....... in Iran.

@justin, you are the bearer of bad news!

My Tuesday is now ruined.... done!

Thumb joebustani 13 September 2016, 17:21

bless anyone person, entity, organization, brigade or country that inflicts extreme pain and unbearable suffering, death, torture, and destruction upon the iranian sectarian terrorist militia and its members, sponsors, supporters or followers wherever they may be.

Missing bigjohn 13 September 2016, 17:55

So Rifi is the "new Hariri" that is Rafiq Hariri. I do not how many young people know this, but Rafiq Hariri was installed as PM by the Syrian Intelligence. Throughout the 90's and up until his death in 2005, he was a close ally of the lousy Syrian regime, not just the KSA. Those Sectarian Christians like yourselves supporting him here were placed in the corner by themselves in qornet Shehwan in opposing him. At least I was consistent in disliking him in the beginning.

Missing humble 13 September 2016, 19:19

We do not want to live in a state run by Iran or Ebola. You can decide to live with all other people from your Shi3a community in any backaged culture you like.

You have destroyed the most important message of Lebanon: "The living together". You also destroyed all hopes of living together in the future. We are not going to accept to live with you and your weapons. So you are most welcome to create your own entity and live by yourself.
Your Shi3aland will be rich, intellectually advanced, modern and highly developed from artistic point of view. We wish you all the best in your partition.
Remember one thing: you are the ones who have already divided our Lebanon.

Missing humble 13 September 2016, 19:21

I wish to remind the Shi3a brothers (if they read History) that it is the Christians who were at the origin of Lebanon, and they were more than happy to share it with their moslem brothers.
I remind our Shi3a brothers that we were NOT GHUZAT as in the video of their leader HA.
I also remind our Shi3a brothers that there are more than 9 million Christians outside Lebanon (whether you like it or not) and that these Christians do count and have among them some presidents and top people all over the world.
May God bless you and help you acquire some common sense.

Thumb liberty 14 September 2016, 05:03

@nonabel aka tangible6

why? Israel will do it on their behalf.

Thumb .mowaten. 14 September 2016, 09:33


Thumb liberty 14 September 2016, 05:16

إشتباكات عنيفة في بعلبك بين آل طليس وآل ياغي

تدور إشتباكات عنيفة في بعلبك بين مجموعات من آل طليس وآخرين من آل ياغي، تمتد من منطقة عمشكة وصولا إلى السوق التجاري في مدينة بعلبك، وتستخدم فيها الأسلحة الرشاشة الخفيفة والمتوسطة، إضافة إلى إطلاق القذائف الصاروخية بشكل كثيف بين الطرفين،


Thumb enterprise 14 September 2016, 07:37

family feuds nothing to worry about.

Thumb enterprise 14 September 2016, 07:39

It reminds me of the army's Security Plan in the Bekaa region and the hype and fanfare associated with it:)