Ashraf Rifi

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Ashraf Rifi
أشرف ريفي
Ashraf rifi.jpg
General Director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces
In office
April 2005 – 1 April 2013
Preceded by Ali Al Hajj
Succeeded by Roger Salem
Minister of Justice
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 February 2014
Prime Minister Tammam Salam
Preceded by Shakib Qortbawi
Personal details
Born (1954-04-01) 1 April 1954 (age 60)
Tripoli, Lebanon
Alma mater Lebanese University
Religion Islam
Military service
Rank Major General

Ashraf Rifi (Arabic: أشرف ريفي‎; also spelled Achraf Rifi) (born 1 April 1954) was the general director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF; the national police) from 2005 to 2013. He has been serving as minister of justice since 15 February 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Rifi was born into a Sunni family in Tripoli, Lebanon on 1 April 1954.[1][2] He attended Lebanese University, studying the sociology of crime. He studied police work abroad during assignments with police forces in Ottawa, Canada; Maisons-Alfort, France; and Saudi Arabia.

Career and alliances[edit]

Rifi was promoted to general in April 2005 when he was named to head the national police due to the resignation of former head, Ali Al Hajj.[3] Rifi is one of the board members of the Prince Nayef University for Security Studies.[4] Rifi has close ties to Saudi Arabia.[4][5]

Rifi's term ended on 1 April 2013 and he retired due to mandatory age limit.[6][7] Rifi's term was not extended by the Lebanese government, leading to resignation of premier Najib Mikati in March 2013.[8][9] Hezbollah members of the Mikati cabinet did not endorse the extension of his term.[10] Roger Salem, who had been deputy of Rifi since December 2012, succeeded Rifi as head of the ISF.[11][12] Saad Hariri proposed Rifi as a new prime minister, but his proposal was not supported.[6]

Rifi as a general director of internal Security Forces was very open to cooperate with civil society organizations. For example, he supported the partnership between ISF and YASA (youth association for social awareness) in many road safety interventions that contributed positively for road safety in Lebanon.[13] He supported the efforts that led to the new Lebanese traffic law #243 that was enacted by the Lebanese parliament in 2012.

Rifi was appointed justice minister in the cabinet led by Tammam Salam on 15 February 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Rifi is married and has four children, Ahmed, Kareem, Amal and Hana.

Awards[edit]

The Arab Organization for Administrative Development for the Arab League and the Tatweej Academy for Excellence and Quality awarded Rifi with the title of Man of the Year 2011 in the Arab world for his leadership in security in December 2011.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Killing Mr. Lebanon II: Wissam al-Hassan". Arabs Think. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "ISF is doing its job". Wikileaks. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lebanese Govt Removes Top Prosecutor, Security Chief". Arab News. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b AbuKhalil, Asad (13 August 2012). "The Michel Samaha Affair". Al Akhbar. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Galey, Patrick (14 August 2012). "Is Assad trying to export Syria's crisis to Lebanon?". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jumblatt says backs Salam, wants national unity Cabinet". The Daily Star. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lebanese president accepts premier's resignation". The Wenatchee World. AP. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Rowell, Alex (28 March 2013). "The battle for Rifi’s successor". Ya Libnan. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Dakroub, Hussein (5 April 2013). "Salam emerges as Lebanon’s next PM". The Daily Star (Beirut). Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ghosn approves extension of security chief's term". The Daily Star. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rifi hands over police helm to Salem". The Daily Star. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cabinet appoints Roger Salem dep. com. of ISF". The Daily Star (Beirut). 5 December 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  13. ^ YASA
  14. ^ "Lebanese cabinet formed after 10-month stalemate". Al Arabiya. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rifi gets Arab 'Man of the Year 2011' award". The Daily Star. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.