Nasrallah Expects 'Paid Campaign' against Hizbullah Candidates

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Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced Monday the names of his party's candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections, as he warned of a “paid” social media campaign against them.

“Everyone knows that some are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to tarnish the reputation and image of Hizbullah and its leaders and officials. There are attempts to spread rumors about leaders from Hizbullah and nowadays the electronic armies of Israel and the Gulf are carrying out attacks on us in order to incite the public opinion against us,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech dedicated to announcing the names of the candidates.

“As of tonight, we expect a certain electronic campaign against our candidates to tarnish their image. We are not claiming that we are offering people infallible candidates, but we have scrutinized our files and candidates very well,” Nasrallah added.

He also announced that from now on, Hizbullah's MPs will not be nominated for ministerial portfolios.

“Throughout the past period, our ministers have also been members of parliament, shouldering heavy ministerial and parliamentary responsibilities. Today we have preferred to distribute the responsibilities and to separate parliamentary posts from ministerial posts,” Nasrallah explained.

He added that, accordingly, Sport and Youth Minister Mohammed Fneish “will be in the next government and will not be nominated for a parliamentary seat.”

Nasrallah also revealed that MPs Hussein al-Moussawi and Bilal Farhat will not be among the party's candidates.

He said Moussawi will be replaced because he personally “has decided to quit parliamentary work and resume his duties as a Hizbullah official.”

Farhat will meanwhile be replaced by an AMAL Movement candidate in the Baabda district as per an agreement with the movement.

Nasrallah also noted that Monday's announcement only involves the names of candidates who are members of Hizbullah and that the names of “friends backed by Hizbullah” would be announced at a later stage. Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem had recently announced that Maj. Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed – a controversial ex-General Security chief – will be on the party's electoral list in the Baalbek-Hermel district.

Nasrallah concluded his speech by announcing Hizbullah's candidates as follows:

- Hussein al-Hajj Hassan, Ali al-Moqdad, Ibrahim Ali al-Moussawi and Ehab Hamadeh for the Baalbek-Hermel district

- Nawwaf al-Moussawi and Hussein Jishi for the second district in the South

- Mohammed Raad, Hassan Fadlallah and Ali Fayyad for the third district in the South

- Anwar Hussein Jomaa for the Zahle district

- Ali Ammar for the Baabda district

- Hussein Mohammed Zoaiter for the Jbeil-Keserwan district

- Amin Sherri for Beirut's second district

Comments 14
Thumb s.o.s 19 February 2018, 18:26

Where’s Eagle Dawn? I need to say allahu akbar!

Thumb Southern......... 19 February 2018, 18:33

روح بلط البحر

Thumb Southern......... 19 February 2018, 18:33

shukran Sayyed for your contribution to maintain Lebanon safe.

Thumb thepatriot 20 February 2018, 03:17

patriotic... please give them a hand... go fight and die in Der ez zor... it keeps us safe... hahahahaha....

Thumb eagledawn 19 February 2018, 18:36

The day this evil iranian sectarian terrorist is brutally and violently murdered is the day we celebrate our true independence.

Thumb s.o.s 19 February 2018, 19:01

Allahu Akbarrrrr!

Thumb shab 19 February 2018, 20:53

Ya Rab

Thumb s.o.s 19 February 2018, 22:52

It’ll be an honor for anyone to be recalled by his lord. You however will be picked by Azrael. Heretics are his #1 customers.

Thumb shab 20 February 2018, 19:34


Thumb justin 19 February 2018, 18:53

بالصورة: بيخلق من الشبه 40!.. تعرف على شبيه جبران باسيل

Thumb s.o.s 19 February 2018, 19:27

With a difference, bassil isn't a Russian, he's Syrian.

Missing un520 19 February 2018, 20:33

And I expect a terror campaign against LF/Mostaqbal-candidates...

Thumb shab 19 February 2018, 20:54

Filthy murdering militia

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 19 February 2018, 21:15

Nasrallah parachuting the settler Hussein Mohammed Zoaiter in the Jbeil-Keserwan district, the FPM must be very happy with this LOL