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Lebanon: Hezbollah Suspends its MP for a Year over Kataeb Spat

Lebanon: Hezbollah Suspends its MP for a Year over Kataeb Spat

Saturday, 23 February, 2019 - 18:15
Lebanese MP Nawwaf al-Mousawi. (NNA)
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The Lebanese Hezbollah group suspended the political activities of MP Nawwaf al-Mousawi following a heated dispute between him and the Kataeb party last week.

During a debate at parliament, MP Sami Gemayel said that Hezbollah's wide influence was seen when it got its ally, Michel Aoun, elected president in 2016.

Mousawi responded by saying "it's an honor" for the Lebanese that Aoun came to his post alongside "the rifle of the resistance," a reference to Hezbollah, and "not on an Israeli tank."

His last reference was to late President-elect Bashir Gemayel who was assassinated in 1982 days after being elected during Israel's invasion of Lebanon.

Gemayel's son, Nadim, an MP, called Mousawi’s statements "unacceptable."

Two days later, the head of Hezbollah's bloc in parliament, Mohammed Raad, apologized during a meeting of the legislature saying that Mousawi "crossed lines."

The politician who is familiar with Hezbollah's internal affairs spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hezbollah, said Mousawi will be suspended from taking part in parliamentarian and the group's internal meetings for one year. He will also not be permitted to speak to the media, it said. The paper added that Mousawi's comments violated a Hezbollah policy to avoid internal arguments with other groups.

Earlier this week, Mousawi did not attend the weekly meeting of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc. He was also not present on the day that Raad issued his apology.

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