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14 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I October 2009
Hezbollah committed
to unity government
Lebanon’s Hezbollah says the only 3) Accepting that dialogue is the only the benefit of Lebanon,” said Hariri.
way to end the country’s political way to end the crisis Now, President Michel Suleiman
crisis is through dialogue, adding that 4) Cabinet formation does not mean must hold a new round of consultations
the resistance group is ready to help giving concessions to any particular with parliamentary parties and name a
form a government based on four group. new PM-designate.
principles. Qassem also said that Hezbollah It is widely expected that Hariri will
Following Lebanese prime minister- was committed to the formation of a be reappointed but this time under
designate Saad Hariri’s decision to national unity government according different circumstances. Next time
step down after ten weeks of futile to the formula that, out of the 30 round, he will not be compelled to
efforts to form a cabinet, Hezbollah’s cabinet ministers, 15 should come form a national unity government.
Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh from Hariri’s bloc, 10 from Hezbollah, Some analysts, however, believe
Naim Qassem said on Friday that the with five chosen by the president. that Hariri’s resignation is aimed at
group is committed to work towards Saad Hariri, whose coalition won forcing opposition parties to reduce
forming any future cabinet based on a majority in the June 7 parliamentary their demands.
four principle, reported Lebanon’s al- elections, announced his resignation “It’s a political maneuver that throws
Manar TV. after opposition groups, including the ball into the opposition’s court to
Hezbollah rejected his proposed compel them to make concessions
He described the four principles as: cabinet. on government portfolios,” said
1) Emphasis on the formation of a “I announce to all Lebanese that I Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, author of
national unity government told President Suleiman today that I will a forthcoming book, “The Iran
2) Solidarity among opposition factions step down from forming a government, connection: The Alliance with Syria,
in the cabinet in the hope that this decision will be for Hezbollah and Hamas.”
Wilders’ discrimination
case in January
The trial of MP Geert Wilders who
is accused of discrimination and
inciting hatred will begin in January
in Amsterdam, two months before the
local elections.
Wilders has denied the charges
and said at the weekend he wanted
to put Islam on trial. ‘That is why I am
considering calling on radical imams
and other idiots as witnesses,’ he told
the Telegraaf.
This January, the public prosecution
department said Wilders should face
charges, a decision which was upheld
by the high court in May.
Meanwhile, Wilders has accused
US president Barack Obama of
‘closing his eyes to the great dangers
of Islamisation’.
In an interview with website,
Wilders likened Obama to the British
prime minister Neville Chamberlain Mussolini in 1938. That agreement ‘It is a tough comparison, but he
who signed the Munich agreement permitted the German annexation of is pursuing a dangerous, naive and
with Adolf Hitler and Benito Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland. irresponsible policy,’ Wilders said.
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