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Miqati to Inform Suleiman About Suggestions on Shape of Cabinet Amid Attack on Portfolios

Premier-designate Najib Miqati is expected to inform President Michel Suleiman about suggestions on the shape of the cabinet at a time when parties of the March 8 camp are competing over names and portfolios.

Baabda sources told al-Mustaqbal daily that Miqati would visit the presidential palace on Thursday. They said Suleiman is keen on seeing consensus between March 8 and 14 forces on the shape of the government.

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Harb Hits Back at Aoun: He is Acting as Though he is Lebanon's President

Caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb criticized Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, saying "he is acting as though he is the president of the republic and the prime minister."

Harb said statements made by Aoun on Tuesday "indicated that he wants no one else but him in the Government."

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Jumblat: Miqati Government Won't and Cannot Terminate STL

Druze leader Walid Jumblat assured March 14 forces that Najib Miqati's would-be government will not and cannot stop the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

"Miqati's government is not willing to terminate the international tribunal because no one, except for the Security Council, can terminate it," Jumblat said in remarks published Wednesday by Al-Akhbar newspaper.

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Report: Miqati Seeking Grace Period from International Community

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati is reportedly seeking a grace period from the international community before issuing political verdicts on his cabinet.

Sources following up the consultations that Miqati is carrying out with March 14 officials told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in remarks published Wednesday that the international community doesn’t object to giving Miqati “a grace period that would be a test on the extent of his willingness to avoid a clash” with the west.

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Francois Roux: Indictment Will See Light in a Few Weeks

Head of the international tribunal’s defense office Francois Roux has said that the indictment in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination case will be unveiled soon.

“The indictment will see light in a few weeks,” Roux told An Nahar daily on the sidelines of a conference for lawyers from the Arab world to discuss the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

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Miqati Eager to Have Best of Ties with Hariri: Cabinet Will be Formed Sooner or Later

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati denied that he was trying to win allies from among the March 14 forces, saying he was only seeking with all possible means to form a national unity cabinet.

Miqati told An Nahar daily in remarks published Wednesday that his meetings with Phalange and Lebanese Forces leaders Amin Gemayel and Samir Geagea in addition to talks with Caretaker Minister Butros Harb were only aimed at “forming a cabinet that includes everybody.”

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Mustaqbal Bloc Says Miqati Govt Must Stick to STL

The Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday noted that the list of demands it had submitted to Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati last week deals with "a number of political, national and ethical constants."

In a statement issued after its weekly meeting under ex-PM Fouad Saniora, the bloc said it was waiting for a "clear stance" by the PM-designate.

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Lebanon Files U.N. Complaint over Israeli Violation, Shami to Meet Ban

Amid increased Israeli military activity on the border with Lebanon in the past few days, the Lebanese permanent mission to the U.N. filed Tuesday a complaint against Israel with the Security Council over a recent border violation.

On January 24 an Israeli patrol crossed the technical fence into a disputed area between the occupied Shebaa Farms and the liberated outskirts of the town of Kfar Shouba.

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Aoun: Miqati Didn’t Pledge to Anything that Caused Collapse of Previous Government

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun stressed on Tuesday that a new government will be formed in a few days, adding that the movement has not yet discussed with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati the distribution of cabinet portfolios it seeks to head.

He said after the movement’s weekly meeting: “Whoever wants to take part in the new Cabinet should accept the new reality and the opinion of the majority.”

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Arab Lawyers Call for Support for International Tribunal

Arab lawyers have called on Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world to embrace the Special Tribunal for Lebanon set up to prosecute the suspected assassins of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Lawyers from the Arab world are meeting to discuss the tribunal as it prepares to publish the first indictment — expected within a few weeks — naming suspects in the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others.

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