BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman appointed Marwan Charbel as his military adviser, the former interior minister confirmed Sunday.
Charbel told The Daily Star that the president had appointed him as military adviser “to benefit from my expertise in the field.”
He said his new post involved “supervising coordination between the security forces.”
Charbel succeeds Abdul-Muttaleb al-Hinawi in the post as the latter was appointed Youth and Sports Minister in Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s new Cabinet.
Meanwhile, Lebanese poured in with praise for Charbel on social media over the weekend after he ended his tenure in the Cabinet.
The posts cheered Charbel for his sense of humor, punch lines and conciliatory approach when dealing with complex security problems.
“I already miss you #marwancharbel,” one tweet read.
“You were and will remain the epitome of love and faith,” another commenter posted on Charbel’s official Facebook page.
“The Interior Ministry is not fitting for anyone except you, minister,” yet another said.
A number of Lebanese on social media also called for Charbel to assume the presidency, which will be determined in upcoming elections set for May 25.
“Godspeed Gen. Marwan, God willing this spring you will be in Baabda Palace,” read a post on the former minister’s Facebook page.
Charbel, who held the post of interior minister for three years, had been working to boost the reach of local law enforcement and enhance security measures across the country.
Gen. Ashraf Rifi, who was appointed as Lebanon’s new justice minister over the weekend, also acknowledged Charbel’s endeavors.
“Minister Charbel achieved many important accomplishments and I salute him,” he tweeted.