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In his editorial in the Anbaa weekly newspaper Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said whoever in Lebanon is betting on instability in Syria is an act of madness.

He said history , geography and the Taif accord have proven all along that the stability and security of Syria and Lebanon are linked .

Jumblatt who defected in January to the Iranian and Syrian backed March 8 alliance praised the speech of Syrian president Bashar al Assad in which he called for reforms and announced that the Emergency law will be ended . Jumbatt called Assad’s move a courageous step and a move in the right direction for Syria.

The Syrian president has been facing the biggest challenge to his rule. Popular protests demanding greater freedoms and an end to corruption erupted about a month ago in southern Syria and spread to the capital Damascus and most cities in Syria. Friday witnessed the largest ever protest.

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