Economy Ministry Moves against Asmar after 'Moral Fall'

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Economy Minister Mansour Bteish announced Sunday that the ministry will scrap a contract with General Confederation of Lebanese Workers chief Beshara al-Asmar over his abusive remarks against late former Maronite patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir.

“After his condemned moral fall and his detention by the judiciary, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce will, tomorrow, scrap a Beirut Silos work contract with Beshara al-Asmar,” Bteish tweeted.

Asmar’s leaked remarks have sparked a storm of outrage in the country. He 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.

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