A senior member of the Lebanese Parliament has accused the government of colluding with assassins and said it must resign to prevent the country from drifting into chaos.
“We believe that this government now is a threat against the security of the country and the government is plotting with the murderers to kill us,” said Boutros Harb, a leader in the March 14 alliance, a coalition of Lebanese political parties and independent candidates that is opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
“We are asking for the resignation of this government,” Mr. Harb said Monday at the Aspen Institute in Washington. “We cannot tolerate this government any more because this government is a danger that may put Lebanon in jeopardy.”
He said the government should be replaced by neutral technocrats.
Mr. Harb himself escaped an attempt on his life in July.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Sunday with Mr. Mikati and “noted the importance of political leaders working together at this sensitive juncture to ensure that calm prevails and that those responsible for the attack are brought to justice,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told journalists Monday.
On Monday, at least seven people were killed and dozens injured in gunbattles between Sunni protesters and the army in the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and the northern coastal city of Tripoli.
The army urged political leaders to show restraint “because the fate of the nation is at stake.”
Recent developments “have proven without a doubt that the country is going through a decisive and critical time and the level of tension in some regions is rising to unprecedented levels,” the army said in a statement on Monday.View Entire Story
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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