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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Hariri and March 14 won't be party to an effort to disband Special Tribunal

Caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his March 14 coalition say they won't be part of a coalition government with the Hezbullah-led March 8 coalition because the latter seeks to disband the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is investigating the murder of Hariri's father Rafik by a truck bomb in 2005. The murder was likely carried out by Hezbullah on orders from Syria.
Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri justified the March 14 alliance’s refusal to be part of Najib Mikati’s government by stressing that the Hezbollah-backed Cabinet aims at “eliminating” the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

March 14 “saw that it is in the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese to move to a real national opposition that responds to the requirements of a democratic system,” Hariri said in the interview published Monday.

“They wanted us to become part of a government that seeks to eliminate the international tribunal from the policy statement,” Hariri told al-Mustaqbal daily about the March 8 forces.

The new opposition should “preserve the nation” against efforts to target the constitution and the Taef accord, he added.

When asked if the March 14 decision to become the new opposition was the start of a campaign for the 2013 parliamentary elections, Hariri said: “This issue is not linked to power. It is about essential things that effected public life.”

He said the next elections will be an opportunity for the Lebanese “to salvage the democratic system” from Hizbullah’s arms.
If there is a 'next election.'

What could go wrong?

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At 10:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yup. Hariri is certainly a man of principle. He honors his father's memory and won't sit in the same government with those who murdered his father.

Its too bad the Arab World has so few people of his caliber.


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