Hussein denied his appointment was a reward for toppling Hariri’s cabinet

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Former minister Adnan as-Sayyed Hussein who was recently appointed as the new Lebanese University President said on Thursday that “he was appointed because of his competence.”

“Everything gets politicized in Lebanon, and it is normal that critics find something to accuse me of,” Hussein told MTV television.

Hussein also refused to admit that he was appointed as the Lebanese University president “as a reward for his resignation from the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.”

Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi, explained on Thursday why the Progressive Socialist Party ministers in the cabinet, had reservations about the appointment Hussein as the new president of the Lebanese University.

“There were five candidates for the Lebanese University presidency, with Sayyed Hussein and Dr. Zeinab Saad having served the same number of years. The difference between the two is that Dr. Saad is more qualified since she speaks three languages while Hussein speaks only Arabic,” National News Agency NNA quoted Aridi as saying.

Hussein was reportedly promised the position last January when he helped Hezbollah in bringing down the government of former PM Saad Hariri .

Hussein , a Shiite who represented Lebanese president Michel Suleiman in the former government had the decisive vote in the collapse of the cabinet. Hezbollah and its allies had 10 votes in the former cabinet and needed 11 to topple the government.

Hezbollah brought down Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s ( STL) indictment which was widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the UN-backed STL, however, the Shiite group denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the court.

Najib Mikati was then appointed as new PM following his nomination by the Hezbollah led March 8 parties.

The Progressive Socialist Party is headed up by MP Walid Jumblatt who defected from March 14 reportedly after threats on his life by Hezbollah

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15 responses to “Hussein denied his appointment was a reward for toppling Hariri’s cabinet”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Geee … do you only need to speak one-to-three languages to qualify as Head of a University? The one with the least got the job too. ?? Wow …  I should have applied, since you don’t need a Doctorate or very much of anything, obviously.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Geee … do you only need to speak one-to-three languages to qualify as Head of a University? The one with the least got the job too. ?? Wow …  I should have applied, since you don’t need a Doctorate or very much of anything, obviously.

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    Anonymous

    Geee … do you only need to speak one-to-three languages to qualify as Head of a University? The one with the least got the job too. ?? Wow …  I should have applied, since you don’t need a Doctorate or very much of anything, obviously.

  4. NothingWillHappen Avatar
    NothingWillHappen

    Why doesn’t this article state his qualifications ? Is he educated ? What has he done similar to this job ?

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      It’s about control of ‘subject matter’ I suspect … don’t send your kids there.

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    Anonymous

    Why doesn’t this article state his qualifications ? Is he educated ? What has he done similar to this job ?

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      Anonymous

      It’s about control of ‘subject matter’ I suspect … don’t send your kids there.

  6. leb_expatriate Avatar
    leb_expatriate

    My cat is more competent than you. Back stabber.

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    Anonymous

    My cat is more competent than you. Back stabber.

  8. How can a person who is more loyal to his sect than his country be appointed to such a position in the academic domain. Shame on the students who accept this horse…. Every day they confirm this country is a zoo !

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      You can say ‘horseshit’ … alright by me. 🙂

  9. How can a person who is more loyal to his sect than his country be appointed to such a position in the academic domain. Shame on the students who accept this horse…. Every day they confirm this country is a zoo !

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      Anonymous

      You can say ‘horseshit’ … alright by me. 🙂

  10. shankarees Avatar
    shankarees

    The president of the Leb Univ. is a 7maar and the univ. will graduate 7ameer to run this crazy country.  No really educated person accepts to participate in this charade. This is the thinking of the present government because it is a circus and has nothing to do with governing but to play its puppet act for Hezbollah and Syria.

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    Anonymous

    The president of the Leb Univ. is a 7maar and the univ. will graduate 7ameer to run this crazy country.  No really educated person accepts to participate in this charade. This is the thinking of the present government because it is a circus and has nothing to do with governing but to play its puppet act for Hezbollah and Syria.

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