Berri 'can't sleep at night' because of US sanction threats


Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has mockingly said that "he can't sleep at night", as he downplayed U.S. sanction threats.

"They think they can intimidate me," Berri told al-Joumhouria newspaper, in remarks published Friday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf had reportedly warned that her country might impose sanctions on Lebanese officials, including Berri, if they continue to obstruct the election of a new president.

"I will not call for an unproductive session before two serious candidates are presented," Berri said, despite an agreement between the opposition forces and the Free Patriotic Movement on the nomination of former minister Jihad Azour.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea had confirmed earlier this week the agreement and said that Azour can get more than 65 votes, while local media reported Friday that Azour could get 68 votes.

Nineteen Lebanese Forces MPs, 17 Free Patriotic Movement MPs, 4 Tajaddod and 4 Kataeb MPs, 8 MPs from the Democratic Gathering bloc and two from the Tashnag would vote for Azour, in addition to 6 independent and 8 change MPs, LBCI reported.

Comments 6
Thumb 02 June 2023, 16:45

Send his kids to Guantanamo …

Thumb 02 June 2023, 20:46

What he and his family control: Majles el janoub. Majles el enme2 wel 2e3mar, anything that starts with majles. Not to mention his wife's NGOs. Protection money, commissions on all imports(#1 reason why lebanese industry, agriculture and electricity remained dead), power generators business, water business. Human trafficking, child trafficking (the beggar kids on the streets) , drugs exports. Gun trafficking. Money laundering operations(wife's business) His Daughter Maysa was cited in the Panama Papers, his son in law Ayman Jomaa as well... Lebanon's finest!

Missing cedars 02 June 2023, 18:12

Berri has a US Passport, simply strip his citizenship immediately as he is the most corrupt person ever in Lebanon and his blood is being exchanged every 6 months so that he can remain young and live longer.

Missing singldad 02 June 2023, 20:37

as long as Biden and his cronies are in power, nothing will happen.

Missing gabriel01 03 June 2023, 07:00

He’s actually scared to they would seize the almost 1 billion dollars he stole with his wife from Lebanon

Missing gabriel01 03 June 2023, 07:01