City Beat, Detroit

Lebanese Forces Detroit elect new president after bylaw changes

(Photo © Tarek Madi)

(DETROIT, MI) — The Lebanese Forces Detroit Chapter announced the election of a new president under new international bylaws passed and approved by the Lebanese Forces headquarters in Lebanon.

Former President Tony Malouf was succeeded by local business owner John Moussawer during a general meeting held at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Warren, Mich. on March 8.

The group’s bylaws changed since Malouf’s election in 2010 after the party headquarters in Lebanon announced they were altering articles of elections by “making them more democratic,” according to a news release.

“We’re building this true democratic political party in the Middle East,” said Tarek Madi, vice president of the Lebanese Forces Detroit Chapter. “We have the new bylaws, the new system now and the elections happened in November, but we were waiting for Lebanon to approve.”

Madi said the newly elected board plans to host social and political events that “give back to both the Lebanese Christian and Muslim communities.”

“We’re going to have monthly political meetings and work with American congressmen and host fundraisers for them,” Madi said. “We will also continue to host members of parliament from Lebanon.”

Moussawer previously served as Lebanese Forces president from 2006 to 2010, according to Madi. His term will last four years. is an independent news organization, free of any allegiance to political parties, movements, candidates, or causes.

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