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Makhzoumi's office denies arms dealing.

Summary: Parliamentary candidate Fouad Makhzoumi's press office Wednesday released a statement denying accusations of weapons dealing, in response to a segment broadcast Monday by Lebanese news channel MTV.

BEIRUT: Parliamentary candidate Fouad Makhzoumi's press office Wednesday released a statement denying accusations of weapons dealing, in response to a segment broadcast Monday by Lebanese news channel MTV. The report, called "Makhzoumi: From dealing weapons to trading the suffering of people," showed excerpts from foreign media on Makhzoumi citing weapon dealing accusations. But his statement pointed out that some of the news reports showcased had later issued corrections apologizing for errors, which were not mentioned in MTV's report. "Makhzoumi was never a weapons dealer, unless supporting the Army is considered weapons dealing, [in which case] Makhzoumi is proud [to be considered one]," the statement said, claiming the rumors were electioneering. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Sunday also reiterated previous accusations that the candidate -- currently running for one of the six Sunni seats in Beirut II within his Lebnen Herzen list (Lebanon is Worthy) -- was a weapons dealer.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:May 3, 2018
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