Moqbel Questions Opposition to Extension of Security Figures' Terms Given Regional Dangers

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Defense Minister Samir Moqbel questioned the opposition of some officials to the extension of the term of security figures, stressing that he seeks the interests of the army, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

He told the daily: “Those who oppose the extension are not aware of the conditions the army is passing through.”

“They do not know how the situation of the army will be should quorum be lost at the military council,” he continued.

On the extension of the term of Army Intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Edmond Fadel, the minister remarked: “We need him to continue in his post given the war against terror.”

“The most that this war needs is intelligence, so how can we leave the position vacant?” stated Moqbel.

The minister signed on Thursday a decree to extend Fadel's term by six months.

He defended his measure, saying that it comes in accordance with his jurisdictions.

Moqbel and the Free Patriotic Movement were recently at loggerheads after FPM chief MP Michel Aoun decided to withdraw confidence from him over the extension of the term of the head of the Higher Defense Council, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khair.

The military positions in Lebanon are suffering as a result of the months-long presidential vacuum in light of the parliament's failure to elect a successor for Michel Suleiman. The vacuum also threatens the position of Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous who is set to retire in June.

The tenure of Army Chief General Jean Qahwaji is set to end in September. His term was extended for two years in September 2013.


Comments 4
Default-user-icon time (Guest) 21 March 2015, 16:04

check clause #64 and 65; constitutionally a minister has the right to extend terms,

Missing imagine_1979 21 March 2015, 16:16

And it will be decided by our governent with the signature of all the ministers?...
I don't think this can be u?..
And anyway we are with democracy not military rule, at least i am..
Solution; screw aoun let moukbel sigh the extention for kahwajeh and basbouss as he did this week for the chief of military secret forces... Not easyer?...

Missing coolmec 21 March 2015, 17:22

This lunatic (Aoun) has got to be silenced, neutralized so he won't add more chaos to our state institutions.
OMG how can he have so many followers? It's beyond me

Thumb canadianpaul 22 March 2015, 12:59

Can't wait for Aoun to die. You're all invited to my party.