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‘Dogfight’ or MPs Fight? Qanso, al-Daher Clash in Parliament

MPs Assem Qanso and Khaled al-Daher engaged in verbal attacks at parliament on Wednesday after the latter criticized the support provided by some Lebanese politicians to the Assad regime in its crackdown on protestors in Syria.

The two lawmakers would have engaged in a fistfight hadn’t other MPs prevented them from attacking each other.

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Maronite Bishops Council: We Hope Cabinet Would Abide by International Resolutions

The Maronite Bishops Council hoped on Wednesday that the new cabinet would be granted confidence by parliament in order for it to tackle the people’s concerns.

It said after its monthly meeting headed by Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi: “We hope it will assume its responsibilities during this dangerous period in Lebanon and the region.”

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Hizbullah MPs Slam STL Funding, Say Without Resistance Sharon Would've Been at Baabda

Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Hasan Fadlallah said Wednesday that for the first time in Lebanon a government was formed away from any foreign interference, adding that the cabinet formation disappointed Washington.

“The U.S. will not find partners to cover up any security agreements,” he said during the second day of policy statement discussions at the parliament.

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Opposition MPs to Miqati: History Will not Have Mercy on You

Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Jean Oghassabian told Premier Najib Miqati on Wednesday that he should quit his post but if he decides to stay “history will have no mercy on you.”

The international tribunal isn’t an enemy, he said in his address at parliament during the second day of discussions of Miqati’s policy statement.

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Al-Hout: Abstention Aimed at Giving Miqati a Chance to Review Policy Statement

Jamaa Islamiyah MP Imad al-Hout said Wednesday that the group has decided to abstain from voting on the cabinet’s policy statement at parliament in an attempt to give Premier Najib Miqati a chance to review a series of stances made in the ministerial statement.

Al-Hout told several local media outlets that the Jamaa Islamiyah can neither condemn the Special Tribunal for Lebanon without any evidence nor defend it.

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March 8 and 14 Criticize Jumblat’s Position on STL

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat has ordered his MPs and members of his party not to issue statements on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and simply abide by his recent comments on the matter during his press conference on Friday, reported the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper on Wednesday.

March 8 camp sources said that the MP’s warning against falling for the trap of international agendas is inapplicable for the current government as it is a cohesive cabinet, adding: “There is no room for dialogue with a new minority that decided to lead Lebanon against the Resistance’s arms.”

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Heavy Gunfire on Home of Witness in 1999 Killing of 4 Judges

Lawyer Salem Salim and his family escaped unscathed after coming under heavy machine gunfire in their house near the southern port city of Sidon, the lawyer told An Nahar daily published Wednesday.

Salim is a key witness in the assassination of the four judges on June 8, 1999 inside the South Lebanon Criminal Court at the old Justice Palace in Sidon. He had suffered severe injuries.

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Iran: Meddling in Lebanon’s Affairs Achieves Israel’s Goals

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said his country considers any political measures that lead to meddling in Lebanon’s internal affairs as falling in Israel’s best interest.

“Interfering in Lebanon’s internal affairs, creating sedition and shaking its unity achieve the Israeli interest in the region,” the spokesman said.

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Tribunal Hits Back at Hizbullah: Nasrallah’s Claims Intended to Discredit Cassese

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech on Saturday intended to ruin the reputation of Special Tribunal for Lebanon President, Judge Antonio Cassese, by saying that he’s a “dear friend of Israel,” tribunal sources told An Nahar newspaper.

Nasrallah, during his televised speech Saturday night, cited a speaker at a security conference in Herzliya, Israel, as regretting Cassese’s non-attendance, as proof that the STL judge, was biased toward the Jewish state.

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Parliamentary Sessions Resume as Berri, Saniora Agree to Keep Things Calm

Premier Najib Miqati has hailed the statements made by lawmakers on the first day of parliamentary sessions to discuss the cabinet’s policy statement.

The statements were “part of the democratic game,” Miqati told As Safir daily published Wednesday, saying he would give the appropriate response to the comments made by MPs at the end of the three-day session.

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