The Lebanese Justice Minister, Ashraf Rifi, has resigned from the cabinet over what he called Hezbollah’s domination of the state and government.
Rifi said in a statement that Hezbollah has put Lebanon into a state of disintegration and distorted its national identity and endangered its sovereignty as well as the economy and future of international and Arab relations.
He alleged that the Shite group and its allies inside and outside government are attempting to tighten control over the judiciary and destroy Lebanon’s relations with Saudi Arabia.
“The practices of Hezbollah’s mini-state and its allies are not acceptable and staying in the government means approving them.
“I will not be a false witness and will not be a cover for those who are trying to dominate the state and its institutions,” Rifi stated.
“Continuing to be part of this government has become an agreement to this deviation, or at least is a failure to confront it.
“So I present to you and to Prime Minister Tammam Salam my resignation,” he added.
Rifi was the General Director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces from 2005 to 2013. He served as Minister of Justice from Feb. 15, 2014 to Feb. 21, 2016.