Lebanon President Michel Aoun signed a decree on Tuesday appointing Imad Kreidieh as the director-general of OGERO telecom authority, replacing Abdul Menhem Youssef , National News Agency reported.
This development comes after the cabinet appointed in early January two successors to Youssef — the controversial director general of the OGERO telecom authority who was also serving as director general of investment and maintenance at the telecom ministry.
Bassel al-Ayyoubi was appointed by the cabinet to replace Youssef as director general of investment and maintenance at the telecom ministry.
OGERO Telecom chief Abdul Menhem Youssef was interrogated last year by the Central Inspection Bureau over charges of negligence and embezzlement.
He was summoned by the judiciary and questioned over several issues related to his negligence in preserving public funds in the Internet file and another case related to embezzling money from the employees’ salaries under the excuse of the VAT tax.
Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc has been after removing Youssef for several years . In fact Youssef’s removal was announced by former telecom minister (Nicolas Sehnaoui who repressed Aoun in Nagib Mikati’s cabinet from June 2011 to February 2014 ) before the cabinet decided to appoint his successors
Imad Kreidieh , 56 describes himself on his website as a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience. He studied in France and the United States where he earned a Masters degree in Monetary Economics from Northeastern University.
“Kreidieh is leading as a CEO one of the oldest Philanthropic Association in the Middle East (Makassed Philathropy) providing education, healthcare and other social services to a the community”, his website added
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