Head of Lebanon’s General Labor Confederation, Bechara Asmar, has submitted his resignation after he insulted late Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir in a leaked video that caused widespread uproar over the weekend, local media reported on Sunday.
The confederation's secretariat will convene shortly today to decide on Asmar's resignation.
Before beginning a press conference last week, Asmar was heard mocking the late cardinal, one day after he was laid to rest, being unaware that his microphone was already turned on.
A sweeping wave of condemnation prompted the arrest of Asmar on Saturday amid mounting calls for his resignation. He is set to be referred today to the public prosecutor.
The five individuals who appear to be laughing at Asmar’s comments in the leaked video were released after undergoing questioning.