Former Hezbollah chief holds current leadership responsible for destruction of Lebanon

Subhi Al-Tufayli said Hezbollah was responsible for the problems across the Middle East. (FILE/AFP)
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Updated 11 August 2020

Former Hezbollah chief holds current leadership responsible for destruction of Lebanon

  • Tufayli says Hezbollah leader should be tried
  • Blames Hezbollah for troubles across the region

DUBAI: Former Hezbollah chief, Subhi Al-Tufayli, held the current leadership of the militia organization responsible for the destruction of Lebanon.

Tufayli said Hassan Nasrallah – who heads the Iranian-backed Lebanese group – must be tried, along with his supporter, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei.

Tufayli, the first Secretary-General of Hezbollah from 1983 until 1984, said that above the Lebanese government, Prime Minister Hassan Diab, was the leadership of Hezbollah and therefore the group’s leadership is the root of the problem. Tufayli said it was the leadership that must be held responsible.

The Lebanese group Hezbollah - listed as a terrorist group by the US, UK, EU and Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia - is an Iranian proxy Shia militia. It was established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon in 1982 and remains dependent on Iranian finance and support.

The former Hezbollah leader said it was Hezbollah’s Iranian-supplied weapons that destroyed Lebanon and other countries in the region.

 

 

“These weapons destroyed Syria. These weapons destroyed Iraq. These weapons destroyed Yemen. These weapons destroyed Lebanon. These weapons exploded Beirut,” he said.

Tufayli comments came as Lebanon’s government resigned on Monday less than a week after a massive blast ripped through Beirut.

The explosion, thought to have been caused by more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate held in a warehouse in the Port of Beirut, killed at least 160, injured thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the capital.

Diab, who took office last December, was already under pressure for the lack of progress in resolving the country’s dire financial and economic situation.


Algerian parliament vote ‘before year’s end’

Algerians walk across from the People's National Assembly (parliament) building during a voting session on constitutional reforms in the capital Algiers, on September 10, 2020. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2020

Algerian parliament vote ‘before year’s end’

  • The term of the widely discredited current lower house, elected in 2017, was originally set to end in May 2022

ALGIERS: The Algerian president says early legislative elections aimed at opening parliament to civil society will be held before the end of the year to give a new face to a parliament long dominated by a single party.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not set a date but indicated on Sunday evening that the parliamentary voting would follow a national referendum on a constitutional revision to be held Nov. 1, a highly symbolic date marking the start of this North African nation’s seven-year war with France for independence that began Nov. 1, 1954.
The next National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, which “will be made up of lawmakers from universities, civil society, will serve as the base of the ‘New Algeria,’” Tebboune said in an interview with two Algerian newspapers.
“If the people want change, it is time to work to not remain in the ambiguity that prevailed earlier.”
Tebboune was referring to the corruption that highlighted the 20 years of power of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, forced to resign in April 2019 amid growing peaceful street protests and a push from the then-Army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who died in December.

If the people want change, it is time to work to not remain in the ambiguity that prevailed earlier.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of Algeria

Tebboune was elected promising change, including a new parliament, though the vote was largely boycotted by the protest movement, the Hirak.
The term of the widely discredited current lower house, elected in 2017, was originally set to end in May 2022.
A new electoral law foreseen in the constitutional revision “will put in place safeguards to keep dirty money out of politics,” the president said, adding that with the constitutional revision Algeria would “truly be at the service of the citizen and not at the service of a group exercising domination.”
Numerous business leaders and two prime ministers have been jailed on corruption charges since the downfall of Bouteflika. During a trial last week, lawmaker Baha Eddine Tliba admitted to paying the former chief of the powerful FLN party Djamel Ould Abbas, to be placed on his list of candidates to ensure him a parliamentary seat.