Lebanon MP accuses Nahas of mishandling telecom ministry


March 14 MP Ziad al-Qadiri said during a press conference at the parliament that Communications Minister Charbel Nahas is violating the law and the constitution in his handling of telecommunications finances.

Nahas did not fulfill the legal requirement to specify telecommunications revenues and loan expenditures in his ministry’s 2010 and 2011 budgets, Qadiri said and accused Nahhas of spending revenues as he wishes before transferring the balance to the Telecommunications Ministry, and is dealing with loans in the same way.

Qadiri added that he has sent a written inquiry on the matter to Nahhas via Speaker Nabih Berri.

According to local reports Nahas, a member of the Free patriotic Movement which is closely associated with Hezbollah has refused to transfer the revenues generated by the telephone ministry to the Lebanese treasury.

Call for Nahas’s resignation

Earlier today March 14 MP Riad Rahhal said that Nahas ought to resign because of his insult to Prime Minister Saad Hariri and ” for being a failure at his job”.

Rahhal described Nashas as the ” student of the school of hatred, lies and collaboration.”

During the last cabinet meeting Nahas accused the March 14 majority of succumbing to Washington and Israel, but Hariri replied: “These statements are not acceptable. Israel puts pressure on you and people like you, but not on us.”

Hezbollah defends Nahas

Hezbollah MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi defended Nahas on Monday and criticized the campaign against him by March 14



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