Report: New Sergeants Give up Badges Day after Being Promoted by Rifi

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel reportedly froze a decision by Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi to promote more than 400 officers.

Al-Akhbar daily said Saturday that Charbel ordered a freeze on the promotion of the 400 policemen to sergeants.

Rifi gave the promotion orders on June 22, it said.

The new sergeants had to give up their badges a day after the ISF chief promoted them, al-Akhbar added.

Former Interior Minister Ziad Baroud and Rifi had on several occasions clashed over the ISF chief’s rejection to abide by Baroud’s orders.

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