Lebanon's 'most powerful woman' sacked for liking rude tweet about Saudi female drivers

Suzanne el-Hajj had a key role within Lebanon's security forces (Instagram: suzannehajjhobeiche)

Suzanne el-Hajj had a key role within Lebanon's security forces (Instagram: suzannehajjhobeiche)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A security official previously called 'the most powerful woman in Lebanon' has been dismissed after liking a tweet which was derogatory towards Saudi women.

Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne el-Hajj was the director for protection of intellectual property and combating cyber crime in Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (ISF).

The tweet was about Saudi Arabia's decision to lift its ban on female drivers and had been posted by television producer Charbel Khalil, according to Al Arabiya English.

It said: "The decree comes lacking, as it allowed Saudi women to drive only if the car is booby-trapped."

Later al-Haj removed her like from the post, but the fact she had liked it had already been shared widely on the social network, mainly by Twitter user Zyad Etany.

Reports claim the security official complained about Etany and suggested an investigation into his acts and motives should begin.

Local media reports that al-Haj has now been replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Albert Khoury by the director general of the ISF.