Miqati Decides He Won't Step Down
[An Nahar] Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Saturday that he will not step down currently, lashing out at the March 14-led opposition accusations that held him responsible for Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan's "blood."
"I will not resign now and I will not allow for this to create a new crisis in the country," Miqati told MTV.
The liquidation of Hasan last week has raised fears about unrest in the country, which is divided between supporters and opponents of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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, whose country supervised its small neighbor for nearly 30 years.
The premier pointed out that he reached out to the opposition when he announced that his resignation is possible as he isn't holding on to power but "it accused me of being responsible for the blood" of Hasan.
He noted that if he submitted his resignation now then "I would be admitting to the opposition's accusations."
"Let them revise their actions so that I revise mine," Miqati said.
The March 14 coalition blamed Miqati for Hasan's "blood" and called on him to step down.
The March 14 youth groups had erected tents near the Grand Serail, demanding Miqati to resign after festivities broke out between mourners, mainly March 14 supporters, and the security forces near the premier's office after the funeral of Hasan.
Police had gun sex and used tear gas to drive back protesters who tried to storm the premier's office.
The Ashrafiyeh bombing in Beirut that killed Hasan along with two others deepened the gap between the March 14 alliance and the March 8 forces
... the opposition to the Mar. 14th movement, consisting of Hizbullah and its allies, so-called in commemoration of their Mar. 8th, 2006 demonstration of strength in Beirut ...
According to MTV, the cabinet will convene on Wednesday at the Baabda Palace.
President Michel Suleiman
...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too...
is carrying out consultations with rival political parties to convince them to resume the national dialogue.
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the March 14-led opposition insists on the resignation of the government as a main condition for the resumption of the national dialogue and official activity with their foes, while the March 8 coalition rejects the formation of a new cabinet on allegations that there's no alternative.
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