Rifaat Eid

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Rifaat Eid
Leader o the Arab Democratic Pairty
Precedit bi Ali Eid
Personal details
Born Tripoli, Lebanon
Poleetical pairty Arab Democratic Pairty
Profession Politeecian
Religion Alawite

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.[1] 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."[2] He statit that Alawites in Tripoli dae no hae problems wi Sunnis, but hae tae protect thairsels when they are attackt.[3] He an aw statit "The Salafis are like kittens when they are weak, but when they are strang they become like tigers,"[4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Lebanon's Alawi: A Minority Struggles in a 'Nation' of Sects". Al Akhbar English. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  2. Williams, Daniel (2008-09-29). "Tripoli Turmoil Increases Risk of a Sunni-Shiite War in Lebanon". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  3. "Can Lebanon douse political fires?". CSMonitor.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  4. .http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2008/0924/p06s03-wome.html/%28page%29/2