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Wednesday, November 10 2010

Today's Cabinet Showdown Has Lebanon on Brink

This Beirut Daily Star report is pretty dramatic. The Lebanese cabinet wants to resolve the "false witnesses" controversy by referring (or not) the question to Lebanon's Judicial Council. The stakes are high:

A vote in the Cabinet, or a lack of it, could plunge the country into its worst political crisis since May 2008 and threaten the “national unity” government.

The Hizbullah-led March 8 coalition hopes to refer the issue of witnesses who gave false statements to the international investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to the Judicial Council in an attempt to derail the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his allies want to avoid a vote and have called for the issue to be referred to the judiciary after the STL issues its indictment in the case. Hizbullah fears the indictment will name some of its members . . . .

It is still unclear which side is capable of securing the required absolute majority of votes regarding the matter.

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon is widely expected to indict Hezbollah figures in the near future. Not surprisingly, Hezbollah blames Israel.



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