A video was spread on social media of a man throwing money at the reelected MP Walid Al-Baarini, during a celebration in his home.
Walid Al-Baarini ran in the parliamentary elections despite the boycott of his party Future Movement and its leader Saad Hariri. He won a Sunni seat in the parliament for the first district of the North (Akkar).
The video was recorded on May 16th, when Al-Baarini opened his house to receive congratulations on his victory, as part of local customs. A controversial custom among these is the throwing of cash at the celebrated person to wish him wealth in his “new journey.”
Back in August 2021, a major tragedy occurred in Akkar when a fuel tanker exploded, killing dozens of people. The locals reacted in extreme anger, demanding the resignation of the Akkar deputies in the parliament, including Al-Baarini who is close to the owner of the land, both alleged to be partners in smuggling operations to Syria.