Arslan Threatens to Suspend Participation in Govt. over 'Druze Rights'


Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan on Sunday threatened to “suspend participation” in Hassan Diab's government in connection with a row over the appointment of a new Judicial Police chief.

“The rights of Druze are not for trade in the markets of frail politics. We do not see a justification for the failure to name a commander for the Judicial Police unit of the Internal Security Forces who enjoys the required qualifications,” Arslan tweeted.

“Seniority should be adopted as a fair standard for everyone and it would allow all competent Druze officers to fulfill their legitimate ambitions without favors from anyone,” he added.

“What is being said and circulated about Brig. Gen. Maher al-Halabi is shameful... and it is unacceptable to rely on fictional and nonexistent accusations. Enough with tampering with the rights and interests of Druze,” Arslan want on to say.

“Druze posts in state administrations are a red line and we will not allow anyone to manipulate them, even if it requires suspending our participation in the government,” Arslan warned.

He is represented in the government by Social Affairs and Tourism Minister Ramzi Msharrafiyeh.

Msharrafiyeh himself tweeted that “vacuum in any sensitive post in state administrations might lead to weakness in performance and in carrying out the necessary duties towards citizens.”

“We reiterate what Prince Talal Arslan has said on the need to appoint a chief for the ISF's Judicial Police unit, which would serve the interest of both Lebanon and the institution,” the minister added.

Arab Tawhid Party leader Wiam Wahhab for his part said he “fully” endorses Arslan's stance, noting that “it seems that some ministers do not take themselves seriously and are used to receiving orders.”

Comments 10
Thumb Loubnani 31 May 2020, 16:06

The country will continue to be useless and backwards as long as we have people talking about sectarian rights. It is truly shameful that after months of protests you still have people defending their sectarian rights. The country is in the worst economic crisis ofnots history and this guy is concerned about this rubbish. Bunch of useless political thugs all of them.

Missing peace 31 May 2020, 16:49

i was going to say the exact same thing.
He only shows that they are desperate to maintain the same system so afraid to lose their power and privileges even if it means starving Lebanese people and stealing the future of Lebanese youth ...

Thumb s.o.s 31 May 2020, 16:53

This guy actually also wants his own power plant, he has land he’d like to sell for hundreds of millions in USD like Aoun, Bassil and clique.

Missing rami 01 June 2020, 16:17

Qu'il aille se faire foutre lui et ces " Druze Rights". Cette secte n'a même pas de religion.

Thumb s.o.s 02 June 2020, 04:42

Je ne suis pas hostile à cette secte, ce qui me dérange c’est le féodalisme . Ça va faire 2 siècles que les Arslan et Jumblatt foutent le bordel dans ce pays. Une horreur inégalée. Il faut que les Druzes se réveillent nom d’une pipe.

Missing rabiosa 31 May 2020, 17:30

The saddest part is that I know this guy personally. We attended the same school between 77-82. He never ever talked sectarianly. We were all sects in that school and mixed fine with non of this sectarian talk we hear today. The one thing I was proud of. I always used to joke that, the school was privately owed by Christians, located in a Druze area with majority of students Muslims

Thumb Geralt 01 June 2020, 11:30

Typical Lebanese structure! lol

Thumb canadianleb 31 May 2020, 18:56

He is as sectarian as they get. A typical politician talking to the sectarian sheep that follow him.

Thumb Geralt 01 June 2020, 11:38

One cannot be a true and respected leader of his community if he doesn't fight for the 'rights' of the sect.

Not a while ago Metropolitan Elias Audi made a whole fuss on how Orthodox rights are being endangered and before him, the truly honorable and most respectful politician of all times Jibran Bassil was doing the same in his sandbox!

Missing phillipo 01 June 2020, 14:01

I'm sorry but I don't understand. Didn't Lebanon decide on a non-political government to overcome the crises that face the country? So why all these threats from political parties?
This certainly isn't the way forward.