BEIRUT: Ashraf Rifi
will not be running in a Tripoli by-election, instead choosing to back Future Movement candidate Dima Jamali, former Premier Fouad Siniora said Tuesday.
Medical sources said Rifi
was injured in the cervical vertebrae and became quadriplegic.
Damascus: When their names were first registered for the upcoming parliamentary elections on 6 May, Ashraf Rifi
and Jamil Al Sayyed raised eyebrows among Lebanon's civil society.
is a former police chief who resigned as justice minister recently to protest the power over the government held by Hezbollah, the heavily armed Shiite group backed by Iran. Analysts say he was seeking to stake out a position as an uncompromising Sunni rival to Hariri by quitting the government.
After being invited to provide weekend seminars internationally, RIFI
Founder and President Marsha Enright wanted to open registration for the 2015 Great Connection Seminar with a new website that highlights the benefits of RIFI
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Ali described the allegation as "strange" and said Rifi
"did not provide any evidence to prove it," according to daily AN NAHAR Saturday.
While Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader MP Michel Aoun praised Suleiman's decision to act against Internal Security Forces (ISF) chief Major General Ashraf Rifi
for disobeying caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud's order to withdraw members of the ISF's Information Branch from a building affiliated with the Telecommunications Ministry where the network is based, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized the decision, praising Rifi
as the "most disciplined officer."
In that vote, Rifi
took 16 of Tripoli's 24 council seats, trampling the "consensus" list jointly put forth by the city's major political forces -- those of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, former Minister Faisal Karami, former Minister Mohammad Safadi, caretaker Minister Mohammad Kabbara, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, also known as Al-Ahbash.
In a report by CNN, Rifi
said he was "shocked" that he was being targeted.
The document in question relates to Rifi
's response to FPM minister Nabil Nicolas' parliamentary inquiry into the investigation of General Fayez Karam, former head of the ISF Information Branch, which Nicolas alleged were illegal.
BEIRUT: Young Future Movement supporters burned tires and blocked a highway in Akkar Sunday to protest a planned visit from former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi
as part of his electoral tour, local media Al-Jadeed reported.
NNA - Resigned Justice Minister, Ashraf Rifi
, warned on Sunday Minister of the Interior and Municipalities and North Governor, saying "our right to freedom of expression is a constitutional, legal, and sacred right." "We will freely exercise our right and they can never prevent us," Resigned Minister Rifi