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Geagea Calls for Ending Campaign against Rifi: Cedar Revolution Set Berri, his Allies Back 60 Years

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea praised on Tuesday Internal Security Forces chief Major General Ashraf Rifi, saying that the ongoing campaign against him “is targeting the last free position in the Lebanese state.”

He demanded during a press conference an end to the campaign against him, noting: “His tenure at the Interior Ministry contributed to the international investigations for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and uncovered tens of Israeli spy networks.”

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Rifi: Suleiman Was Not Fully Informed of What Happened at Telecom Ministry Building

Internal Security Forces chief Major General Ashraf Rifi stated that he has not yet looked into the President Michel Suleiman’s demand for legal action to be taken against him following his refusal to abide by caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud’s order to evacuate a Telecom Ministry building last week.

He told the daily An Nahar in remarks published on Tuesday: “I have not examined his demand and I don’t know what it’s based upon.”

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March 14 Warns Against Attempts to Put STL on Parliament Session Agenda

March 14 lawmakers have accused Speaker Nabih Berri of putting the speakership in confrontation of not only the March 14 forces but also the Cedar Revolution after he said it took Lebanon back 60 years on the democratic level.

In remarks to An Nahar daily on Tuesday, the sources warned that Berri was making attempts to put on the agenda of a parliamentary session on June 8 the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Lebanon’s commitment to it.

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Security Sources Deny People Arrested in Connection with UNIFIL Bombing

Lebanese security sources have denied media reports that several people were arrested in connection with the roadside bombing that targeted a UNIFIL convoy in southern Lebanon last week.

The sources told As Safir daily published Tuesday that neither Lebanese nor Palestinians were in the custody of any security or military apparatus.

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Jumblat Says he ‘Gave Up,’ Hints Aoun Behind Cabinet Delay

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denied that his latest stance from Hizbullah was aimed at requesting a “political asylum back to the March 14 forces,” As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“I am frustrated and depressed. I gave up,” Jumblat said.

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Suleiman, Miqati Agree Not to Form One-sided Cabinet to Avoid Clash with West

President Michel Suleiman agrees with Premier-designate Najib Miqati on the need to avoid the formation of a one-sided cabinet so that it does not clash with the West and mainly the Obama administration, As Safir daily said Tuesday.

Suleiman does not mind that Miqati forms a balanced government in which the new parliamentary majority would get 19 ministers while the centrist bloc that includes the president, the PM-designate and MP Walid Jumblat would get 11 ministers, the newspaper said.

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Miqati Meets Berri as 14-Member Cabinet Formula Makes the Rounds

Premier-designate Najib Miqati seems to have resumed consultations aimed at forming the new cabinet after meetings with the different representatives of March 8 leaders came to a standstill almost two weeks ago.

Miqati met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh on Monday night. The two officials later held another round of talks in the presence of Berri’s aide MP Ali Hassan Khalil and the assistant of the Hizbullah leader, Hussein Khalil, An Nahar daily reported.

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Berri: Cedar Revolution Set Lebanon Back 60 Years Legally, Demographically

Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday expressed his belief that “the Cedar Revolution has set Lebanon back 60 years legally and demographically, squandered public money, and provided the suitable atmosphere for further foreign intervention in Lebanon’s present and future.”

“This is the reason behind its failure,” Berri noted in a speech at a ceremony organized by the International Intellectual Conference to honor late Shiite clerics Mohammed Makki al-Jizzini and Zeineddine al-Jabhi.

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Heated Debate at Telecom Committee Meeting as it Fails to Agree on Investigation Team

The parliamentary telecommunications committee held a meeting on Monday to discuss the suggestion to form a specialized technical team to determine what is located on the second floor of a Telecommunications Ministry building at Adliyeh, revealed the head of the committee MP Hasan Fadlallah.

He said during a press conference after a heated committee session at parliament: “A dispute erupted over who has the authority to appoint an Ogero Telecom member in the technical team.”

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Jumblat: UNIFIL Attack Aimed at Pressuring Participating Countries to Lower Number of Troops

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat condemned Friday’s attack against the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, wondering whether the timing was connected to “very sensitive” political situation on the internal and regional scenes.

He asked in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa magazine: “Was the attack aimed at pressuring the participating countries in UNFIL to lower the number of troops who have played a major role in implementing U.N. Security Council resolution 1701?”

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