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The Egyptian artist, Mohamed Ramadan, responded after the crisis of obtaining an honorary doctorate in acting and singing performance from one of the cultural centers in Lebanon.
After the controversy that he aroused during the past hours, Muhammad Ramadan, through his account on the social networking site Facebook, posted a picture of him from the private plane while he was eating with his son Ali, and commented on it with a mysterious message: “I only look behind me to take a picture.”
For his part, Abbas Mortada, the Lebanese Minister of Culture, confirmed that “the ministry did not interfere in the selection of the honorees by the committee for the Best International Prize awarded by the German International Center, and we do not know what criteria on the basis of which they chose the honorees.”
He explained that “the role of the ministry in this honor did not go beyond the role of care that the center formally requested from us, and we sent the director general of the ministry, Dr. Ali Samad, to represent the ministry in his presence only,” noting that the Lebanese Ministry of Culture does not have the powers to award any honorary doctorate or any other. These official titles or decorations are given by the Presidency of the Republic and the official Lebanese University in the country.
The artist, Mohamed Ramadan, had published, through his official account on the “Instagram” website, a picture of an honorary doctorate, and private photos of him with some Lebanese artists, commenting: “Thank you, His Excellency the Lebanese Minister of Culture, the Syndicate of Musicians, and the Syndicate of Lebanese Actors for granting me an honorary doctorate in acting and performance. The lyrical, and thank you to the German Cultural Center in Lebanon, for granting me the title of Ambassador for Arab Youth.
Then the public discovered that the center was not affiliated with the German embassy, and that it was selling honorary doctorate degrees for $100, equivalent to 1,600 Egyptian pounds.
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