Jumblat Reveals Plan to Replace Rifi with Ali Hajj: It's All about Protecting the Intelligence Bureau

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat blamed on Friday the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Miqati on “political factions that prevented him from even assigning the head of the Civil Service Office."

"This issue is about protecting an important system in the state which was established by (the chief of the Intelligence Bureau of the Internal Security Forces) Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan,” Jumblat told LBCI television, noting that the March 8 coalition “did not give him any chance in assigning even the head of the Civil Service Office”.

The Druze leader said that March 8 rejects the intelligence bureau: “Meanwhile, we want cooperation between all institutions in the country and we do not want to abolish the intelligence bureau.”

He revealed a plan that consists of replacing Internal Security Forces chief Asraf Rifi with General Ali Hajj.

"Although he was technically considered innocent of the killing of (late PM) Rafik Hariri, we do, however, consider him politically involved in the assassination."

Jumblat remarked: “We do not dictate Miqati and we supported him for the sake of stability in the country.”

"I support PM Miqati's statement and we are not the ones who pushed the country into the crisis, but rather some March 8 hardliners who cannot accept the approach of dialogue," Jumblat said in a phone call with al-Manar television.

Commenting on the parliamentary elections, the PSP leader announced that he will submit his nomination based on the 1960's law.

"Only the parliament can replace the 1960's law,” he stated.

Jumblat's statement came shortly after Miqati announced his resignation after a cabinet session in which he failed to pass the extension of Rifi's term and the formation of the committee to oversee the elections.

Miqati stressed during his resignation speech that all political forces must shoulder their responsibilities to “pull Lebanon out of the unknown.”

Comments 13
Default-user-icon Walid (Guest) 22 March 2013, 22:10

Are you crazy? Why ?are you planning another assassination and want a cover up? What is the matter with you people OMG this country is so messed up it is not funny, enough toying with people, enough clowning with the future of this poor country walid baeik it's too much ainek hint ainek. Everything on the sunni???. Ya Beik it's too much for the country to handle.

Default-user-icon Lebanon_First (Guest) 22 March 2013, 22:19

surprised to hear that March 8 have hardliners .. who could it be ? Aoun ? Nasrallah ?

Default-user-icon abou shanab (Guest) 22 March 2013, 22:36

Ali Hajj eh, will he get his moustache back from Nicolas Sehnawi's forehead?

Default-user-icon M.C. (Guest) 22 March 2013, 22:36

Wow, replacing Riffi with Ali Hajj is a tantamount of declaring a civil war in Lebanon. Anyone who doesn't believe that these are the wishes and orders of the Syrian regime is willingly blind.

Default-user-icon Bashar "Scud" Blues (Guest) 22 March 2013, 22:41

Hey Ali, we're putting the band back together.

Thumb beiruti 22 March 2013, 22:52

This is very true. Jumblatt lost his nerve and this was how we got the Hezbollah government in the first place. But, this is history. What was done was done and in Lebanon nothing is ever permanent and consequences which would come down anywhere else, seem to defy gravity in Lebanon.

Default-user-icon jumblatt blues (Guest) 22 March 2013, 23:07

sorry jumblatt we loved you and rejoiced with you before... but once, twice and three times a traitor and snake and plz go away.

Thumb mckinl 23 March 2013, 02:17

Walid thinks now he will be king maker. Although this was true in the past Lebanon is entering a new phase. The social, political and economic forces that are now in play are going to rearrange the entire power structure of Lebanon.

Default-user-icon Ed (Guest) 23 March 2013, 02:33

Hizallah is Lebanon cancer followed by Syrian proxy!

Thumb rover98 23 March 2013, 03:01

Worst. Gov.Ever.

Thumb geha 23 March 2013, 05:11

civil war and the Israeli hizbushaitan war are so close now.

Default-user-icon rajiv (Guest) 23 March 2013, 07:13

This filthy low life feudal warlord piece of scum criminal and collaborator with every enemy of Lebanon should be hanged. Instead, the Lebanese scum bend over backwards to allow such scum to pontificate incessantly like a douche bag. Just read the comments above.

Thumb dandoun 23 March 2013, 16:05

ouchhhhhhh wlooooooooooooooo.. b niceeee