BEIRUT: Acting Internal Security Forces chief Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous announced newly appointed posts within the Gendarmerie and other units ahead of Commander of the Gendarmerie Joseph Douaihy’s retirement Wednesday.
The appointments and transfers within the units took into consideration sectarian distribution, as Brig. Gen. Elias Saade is set to be Douaihy’s successor as commander, and Brig. Gen. Abdo Njeim will assume the post of the vehicle forces commander.
Brig. Gen. Fawwaz Mitri will be appointed chief of staff for the Internal Security Forces and Brig. Gen. Pierre Nassar as general inspector.
Brig. Gen. Gaby Khoury will head the Social Services Unit, replacing Brig. Gen. Elias Habib. Basbous also appointed Brig. Gen. Jihad Howayek as head of the Gendarmerie in Mount Lebanon, replacing Njeim.
Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous took over as head of the Internal Security Forces in June. He replaced retired Brig. Gen. Roger Salem.
The posts are currently acting positions, awaiting the formation of a government that will appoint a general director for the Internal Security Forces and other unit leaders.