Bassil Withdraws Recognition of GCLW Presidency in Bkirki Visit

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Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Sunday visited the seat of the Maronite church in Bkirki at the head of a Strong Lebanon bloc and FPM delegation, in the wake of a storm of condemnation sparked by leaked remarks against revered late ex-patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir.

“We stand by Bkirki in its national message,” Bassil said, stressing that “this message cannot be touched and this message will remain even after the departure of Bkirki’s great figures.”

“The insult against Bkirki and the Lebanese points to an ethics problem in the country targeted against dignitaries, leaders and dignities,” Bassil decried, referring to General Confederation of Lebanese Workers chief Beshara al-Asmar’s leaked remarks against Sfeir, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 99.

“It is normal that we don’t recognize the GCLW’s presidency until the current situation gets rectified,” Bassil added.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi for his part said that he was “deeply hurt, like all people, by the disgraceful insult” against Sfeir.

Asmar has been summoned for interrogation and is still in detention, amid calls for stripping him of his post.

A video that went viral on social media on Friday shows Asmar mocking Sfeir shortly before a televised press conference.

Asmar was unaware his microphone was on before the conference.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 4
Thumb ex-fpm 19 May 2019, 16:10

"“The insult against Bkirki and the Lebanese points to an ethics problem in the country"

Look who's talking!!!

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 19 May 2019, 18:25

The guy is detention because of what?

Thumb s.o.s 19 May 2019, 19:21

Shia and Druze aren’t Muslims....

Thumb oompa.loompa 19 May 2019, 20:24

No you racist fool, Noam Chomsky stopped being an impartial scholar when he let his ideology tint his scholarship. Chomsky is a twit who insists that the Khmer Rouge murdering more than 25% of Cambodia's population, was not genocide. Pol Pot is his fellow travelers so what he did cannot be genocide. Chomsky visited Lebanon in 2006 a guest of Hezbollah was paraded around like a dumb American tourist and got to visit Hassan Nasrallah. He returned to the US with a mission to spew BS in the western media. He even claimed that Israel started the war in 2006 at the behest of the USA when Nasrallah himself, on live TV, admitted that his party started the war. Chomsky also quoted a poll claiming 87 % of all Lebanese supported Hezbollah. That poll was made by Abdo Saad a Shiite pollster close to Hezbollah. Saad himself puts Shias at 31.5% of the Lebanese. Yet your insistence on quoting Chomsky ignoring all else like a flat earther tells much about your persistent ignorance.