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October 26, 2011

Now Lebanon - Aaraji: Mikati must resign if cabinet fails to fund STL, October 26, 2011

Future bloc MP Assem Aaraji said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Najib Mikati must resign if he fails to gather cabinet consensus to fund the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
“[Change and Reform bloc leader] MP Michel Aoun’s attacks against STL funding… show that there are deep divisions [within] the cabinet, which are creating big difficulties for Mikati,” Aaraji told Al-Fajr radio.
Aoun said on Tuesday that the government is “not compelled” to provide its annual share of funding to the UN-backed court. Aaraji also called on President Michel Sleiman and Mikati to transform their into action their support for Lebanon’s adherence to international resolutions and the STL.
Hezbollah and other March 8 parties and figures have spoken out against Lebanon’s ties and funding for the tribunal and called it a tool to incite sectarian strife in Lebanon, however, Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.
Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denies the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.

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