Mustaqbal 'Besieges' Rifi as Hariri Throws Support behind Mashnouq

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The war of words between Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and former justice minister Ashraf Rifi took a new turn after Prime Minister and al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri threw his support behind Mashnouq.

“A decision to besiege Rifi has been taken in al-Mustaqbal Movement,” sources following up on the issue told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

The so-called siege has taken three forms.

“The first through a media siege, whose last episode was canceling a TV interview with Rifi's adviser Asaad Beshara, the second was slashing the size of Rifi's guard platoon, and third is the attempt to regain Tripoli's popular bases through resuming Mustaqbal's 'services' in the city,” the sources said.

Rifi had lashed out at Mashnouq over the removal of several policemen from his guard platoon, revealing that Hariri had told U.N. investigators probing Rafik Hariri's assassination that Mashnouq might have “leaked” information about his father prior to the 2005 bomb attack.

But Hariri jumped into the exchange of tirades on Friday, throwing his support behind Mashnouq.

“How mistaken I was when I doubted Nouhad al-Mashnouq and placed my full confidence in some people,” Hariri tweeted.

The Mashnouq-Rifi confrontation had first erupted over the arrest of Omar Bahr, one of Rifi's bodyguards, after he allegedly violated Internal Security Forces bylaws.

The move prompted Rifi to accuse Mashnouq of corruption and of being a Hizbullah crony.

The ex-minister also accused Mashnouq of compromising his security, holding him responsible for any harm that he might face.

Comments 24
Thumb justice 15 January 2017, 13:11

Mustaqbal 'Besieges' Rifi as Hariri Throws Support behind Mashnouq

the ballot boxes will besiege them ... soon.

Thumb ashtah 15 January 2017, 15:19

i agree

Thumb marcus 15 January 2017, 19:39

The more intimidation they practice the stronger and more popular rifi will be.

Thumb ex-fpm 15 January 2017, 13:15

“How mistaken I was when I doubted Nouhad al-Mashnouq and placed my full confidence in some people,” Hariri tweeted.

You were not mistaken at all, Hariri. Your lust for power and endorsement of corrupt opportunists are blinding you.

Thumb Mystic 15 January 2017, 16:53

So fell Ashraf Rifi the staunch Salafi supporter leader.

Well Mostaqbal knows that to survive they must erase Rifis influence.

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2017, 17:14

Mystic My Friend ( MF )

do you still tear up like I do when you remember sayidna al hussain? Do you do latmiyat on Sundays like I do?

Thumb liberty 15 January 2017, 18:38

he does ice-man he does but everyday not only on sundays:))

Thumb Puppet 15 January 2017, 13:32

Mr. Saado Hariri who is now prime minister earned every bit of my respect and my full admiration for admitting he was wrong when he accused Mykonos party goer and now interior minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq of leaking information about his father prior to the 2005 bomb attack.

I also admire him for improving things in the country and for preparing us for many wrong things that he might admit in the future.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 January 2017, 13:56

lol @ 'Mykonos party goer'

Thumb galaxy 15 January 2017, 14:01

and Mashnouq uses verses from the Quran in his tweet replies directed at Ashraf Rifi ;)!

Thumb ashtah 15 January 2017, 15:17

hahaha

Thumb justin 15 January 2017, 15:29

soon you might hear him say " How mistaken I was when I accused Assad , Iran and hezbollah of assassinating my father".

Bless you Ashraf Rifi.... you are man of principles .

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 January 2017, 13:48

Now that the Hariri-Mashnouq dynamic duo have removed Rifi's security platoon, I am sure Israel will find it an opportune moment to assassinate him because he is anti hezbollah.

Thumb Southern...... 15 January 2017, 15:08

glad to see Rifi the last terrorists supporter is being besieged..

btw, his supporters* in Tripoli may need the same, the same applies to some in this forum.

* the majority are Al Nusra's followers.

Thumb eagledawn 15 January 2017, 15:14

how many seagulls did you shoot today southern?

Thumb ashtah 15 January 2017, 15:18

funny:)

Default-user-icon Southern Villager (Guest) 16 January 2017, 08:28

southern, you are the only reason i visit naharnet. your posts are incredible and you seem to have an unusually large brain.

Thumb ashtah 15 January 2017, 15:17

"and third is the attempt to regain Tripoli's popular bases through resuming Mustaqbal's 'services' in the city,” the sources said."

hmmmm.... is that ethical just ahead of the elections?

Default-user-icon palazzo (Guest) 15 January 2017, 15:28

this is becoming silly

Thumb liberty 15 January 2017, 18:36

Let's look back at how this conflict between hariri and Rifi all started.
Rifi as justice minister in the Salam government wanted to Smaha case and the Tripoli mosque bombing to be put on the cabinet agenda and referred to the judicial council. Hezbollah and the FPM objected. He threatened he would resign and mashnouq was supposed to back him up. When the item was not put on the cabinet agenda, Rifi was true to his word and did indeed resign while mashnouq played the politics he is known for and was doing the secret deals with hezbollah and the fpm.

Hariri fires back from his exile and says " Rifi does not represent me" and it was all down hill from there....

Missing imagine_1979 15 January 2017, 19:10

Looking at the results of municipal ellections not really downhills..
And now hariri and co will have to spend millions in tripoli to get back popular support they lost (if they does..) in any case would u have expected more from hariri after all the conssesions he made untill now?....

Thumb warrior 16 January 2017, 05:10

hariri like all mafia party leaders in Lebanon want Yes men around him. Rifi is his own man and is a threat to hariri.

Default-user-icon flamethrower (7) (Guest) 16 January 2017, 08:21

Hello terrorist
I am flamethrower with 7 dots to my name. I would like to ask you if you know why i was banned and repeatedly humiliated. Please, give me your honest opinion and don't worry about hurting my pride, honor, or dignity because I have none.

Thumb justin 16 January 2017, 10:45

ريفي: ألم تتعلموا من الانتخابات البلدية ؟

وتابع: الإحتكام دائماً للشعب.لقد فشلتم في المرة الاولى وستفشلون في الثانية وستكون هذه محاولتكم الأخيرة، تريدون فرض حصار إعلامي وسياسي على اشرف ريفي؟ ألم تتعلموا من درس الانتخابات البلدية أن الناس هي التي حاصرتكم بإرادتها الحرة، وبجباهها المرفوعة وبعنفوانها الذي جرف بطريقه المال والسلطة وصرف النفوذ واستعمال المؤسسات الأمنية وغير الأمنية؟

http://www.lebanese-forces.com/2017/01/16/rifi-66/