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Newly appointed Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi denied reports claiming that Dar el-Fatwa, the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon, has urged him to reject the interior ministry portfolio, his media office said in a statement released on Saturday.

Many negative reports circulated on social media about Fahmi , a retired brigadier general in the Lebanese army and head of the Lebanese Center for Mines. Some reports claim Fahmi’s appointment signals the return of Jamil al-Sayyid and the security system that existed during the Syrian occupation of Lebanon . Other reports claim that by appointing Fahmi , PM Hassan Diab will be handing over the Interior ministry on a silver platter to Hezbollah .

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