BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk found himself in hot water Saturday, after a video of him calling his opponents in the upcoming parliamentary elections 'scum' surfaced online.
Machnouk was holding a meeting with members of his electoral campaign in Beirut when he started listing his opponents in the May 6 elections, "Hezbollah, Amal, Al-Ahbash, and the scum on top which adds up to 45, 000 voters."
The moment was captured on tape and uploaded on Twitter using the caption #WeAreCitizensNotScum, with Lebanese venting their frustration and irritation at the Interior Minister's comments.
Lebanon is gearing up to hold its first parliamentary elections since 2009, with a fierce electoral battle expected between the Future Movement, Hezbollah, and their respective allies.
Hezbollah is a Shiite militant group which has gained influence within the political sphere in recent years and is allied to fellow Shiite party Amal and the less known Al-Ahbash party.
Al-Ahbash, also known as the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (AICP), is a Sufi religious movement which was founded in the mid-1980s. It holds mainly Pro-Syrian sentiments and has been in conflict with the Hariri family.
In the aftermath of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's 2005 assassination, two of its members were arrested and later released in connection with the attack.
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