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Lebanon Prez Known as ‘Tea Thief’ for Seizing 1675 kg Tea Donated to Beirut Blast Victims


Lebanon's President Michel Aoun.
(Credit: Twitter)

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun. (Credit score: Twitter)

Sri Lanka, lots of whose expat group in Lebanon work as housemaids, was one in all a number of nations that rushed to indicate assist within the wake of Lebanon’s worst peace-time catastrophe.

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  • Final Up to date: September 9, 2020, 9:47 PM IST
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Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has come underneath fireplace after it emerged that tea donated by Sri Lanka for victims of the Beirut blast was distributed as an alternative to households of his presidential guards.

Critics see it as one more instance of official corruption in a rustic reeling from the August 4 explosion that killed greater than 190 folks, wounded hundreds and ravaged central Beirut.

Sri Lanka, lots of whose expat group in Lebanon work as housemaids, was one in all a number of nations that rushed to indicate assist within the wake of Lebanon’s worst peace-time catastrophe.

The president’s workplace on August 24 launched an image of Aoun receiving the Sri Lankan ambassador, and quoted her as saying Colombo had “donated 1,675 kilos (3,685 kilos) of Ceylon tea to these affected by the Beirut blast”.

After Lebanese media and social media requested what occurred to the donation, it issued a second assertion on Tuesday.

The presidency mentioned Aoun had written to his Sri Lankan counterpart to thank him for “a present of Ceylon tea that had been obtained by the military… and distributed to the households of troopers within the presidential guard”.

Social media erupted in criticism, with the hashtags “tea thief” and “Ceylon tea” trending on Twitter.

“The tea was despatched to the Lebanese, significantly these affected by the explosion. In fact it wasn’t a gift for individuals who do not want it,” wrote Paula Yacoubian, a former MP who resigned after the blast many blame on official neglect.

“Distributing the help to your entourage is shameful,” she wrote.

One other consumer quipped: “The excuse that it was a gift for the president is even worse than the sin itself.”

Beside the tea controversy, social media customers have additionally been up in arms over the destiny of 12 tonnes of fish that Mauritania despatched in mid-August.

After widespread calls to know its whereabouts, the military mentioned Monday it had obtained the fish and “saved it in keeping with public security requirements”.

It was speaking to a number of associations making ready meals for these in want “to prepare dinner it and distribute it to these affected by the port blast”.

On Twitter, one more consumer made mild of the meals assist controversy.

“The presidential palace, or the palace of the folks, invitations you to a free lunch on Sunday,” she wrote.

“Open buffet on Mauritanian fish, and open bar on Ceylon tea.”




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