|Leader o the Arab Democratic Pairty|
|Preceded by||Ali Eid|
|Poleetical pairty||Arab Democratic Pairty|
Rifaat Ali Eid is the leader o the Lebanese Arab Democratic Pairty. The pairty haes the lairgest support o Lebanese Alawites, an its base is Tripoli, Lebanon, in the Jabal Mohsen neebourheid. Rifaat teuk ower its leadership efter his faither, umwhile MP Ali Eid.
He lead the pairty through the Bab Al-Tabbaneh-Jabal Mohsen clashes that hae repeatedly happened frae 2008 onwards, an hae supportit inhabitants o Jabal Mohsen financially when they coud no go tae wirk acause o airmit conflicts. Durin the 2008 conflict in Lebanon, whare Sunnis an Shias focht throughoot Lebanon, Rifaat said in an interview: "We're the maist convenient targets, the staund-in for Hezbollah, oor problem can anerlie be solvit when the Shiites an Sunnis solve theirs." He statit that Alawites in Tripoli dae no hae problems wi Sunnis, but hae tae protect thairsels when they are attackt. He an aw statit "The Salafis are like kittens when they are weak, but when they are strang they become like tigers,"
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