Lebanese PM to quit if gov’t fails to fund STL

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday that he would resign if his government fails to secure funding for a UN-backed court set up to probe the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

“I refuse to be in the post where Lebanon fails to commit to its international obligations … I think by resigning, I would protect Lebanon,” he told LBC television.

Mikati said Lebanon cannot be protected if his government fails to approve the funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

The STL has been a topic of contention in Lebanon with the ruling coalition led by Shiite armed group Hezbollah rejecting any attempt to fund Lebanon’s share of the court.

In late June, the UN-backed court indicted four members of Hezbollah for alleged roles in Hariri’s assassination. The group denies any involvement in the case and refuses to cooperate with the court

In an interview on Thursday evening, Mikati said that funding the tribunal could be agreed upon and accomplished through national dialogue among rival politicians.

Speaking about the ongoing protests in neighboring Syria, Mikati said no one can predict the outcome of the protest and that Lebanese should not intervene in things that do not concern them.

Xinhua

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31 responses to “Lebanese PM to quit if gov’t fails to fund STL”

  1. MeYosemite Avatar

    It is better to fire his Minidters before he quits.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I do not believe the faulty ‘constitution’ and present electoral system give him the power. He is a figurehead only – anointed to the position. Best he can do is quit in disgust as others did before him. The ones in charge should be the ones that were elected. Unfortunately, Hezzboobla was allowed to steal that bit too.
      Mikati has now discovered he can’t run a country like a successful business when ‘the workers have guns at their heads.

      1. leobetapar Avatar

        poor u after he goes who will come?
        just wait one month USA out of Baghdad and everything will be clear

        1. Patience2 Avatar

          And maybe, yes MAYBE, no more poor ol’ Leo!! I’ll bet this is VVVVVVV the first time ever!!

          1. leobetapar Avatar

            the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had been telling the truth.

      2. leobetapar Avatar

        the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had been telling the truth.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I do not believe the faulty ‘constitution’ and present electoral system give him the power. He is a figurehead only – anointed to the position. Best he can do is quit in disgust as others did before him. The ones in charge should be the ones that were elected. Unfortunately, Hezzboobla was allowed to steal that bit too.
      Mikati has now discovered he can’t run a country like a successful business when ‘the workers have guns at their heads.

  2.  Avatar

    It is better to fire his Minidters before he quits.

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      I do not believe the faulty ‘constitution’ and present electoral system give him the power. He is a figurehead only – anointed to the position. Best he can do is quit in disgust as others did before him. The ones in charge should be the ones that were elected. Unfortunately, Hezzboobla was allowed to steal that bit too.

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        poor u after he goes who will come?
        just wait one month USA out of Baghdad and everything will be clear

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          And maybe, yes MAYBE, no more poor ol’ Leo!!

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            the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had been telling the truth.

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        the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had been telling the truth.

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        the Associated Press reports that American officials later conceded that Nasrallah had been telling the truth.

  3. Quit already… What are you waiting for? You promised many things that your predecessors promised and failed to deliver… Clean water, electricity, order but as we say in Lebanon حاميها حراميها You are all the same thugs and oligarchs. History and the people will never forgive you.

  4. Quit already… What are you waiting for? You promised many things that your predecessors promised and failed to deliver… Clean water, electricity, order but as we say in Lebanon حاميها حراميها You are all the same thugs and oligarchs. History and the people will never forgive you.

  5. Quit already… What are you waiting for? You promised many things that your predecessors promised and failed to deliver… Clean water, electricity, order but as we say in Lebanon حاميها حراميها You are all the same thugs and oligarchs. History and the people will never forgive you.

  6. Have dignity which you lack a lot same as all filthy rich ,money never added dignity, and stop thinking about your telecom empire and your business deals with the Assad family.Undignified billionaire like you belong in his nice leather office and not to rule Lebanon after the Cedar revolution, We need Churchill or Kennedy type men with visions not cowards !!!

    1. leobetapar Avatar

      no we need saladin and he v reincarnate as hamadi .Long life to Hamadi

  7. Have dignity which you lack a lot same as all filthy rich ,money never added dignity, and stop thinking about your telecom empire and your business deals with the Assad family.Undignified billionaire like you belong in his nice leather office and not to rule Lebanon after the Cedar revolution, We need Churchill or Kennedy type men with visions not cowards !!!

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      no we need saladin and he v reincarnate as hamadi .Long life to Hamadi

  8. leobetapar Avatar

    bye bye man the bomb was a german one STL v to go to ask Merkel and maybe to prosecute her lolololol

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    bye bye man the bomb was a german one STL v to go to ask Merkel and maybe to prosecute her lolololol

  10. You should have refused the post from the start!!!

    1. MeYosemite Avatar

      Totally agree. Everyone has predicted this moment and he didn’t.

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    You should have refused the post from the start!!!

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      Totally agree. Everyone has predicted this moment and he didn’t.

    2.  Avatar

      Totally agree. Everyone has predicted this moment and he didn’t.

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      Totally agree. Everyone has predicted this moment and he didn’t.

  12. 5thDrawer Avatar

    We might assume, Leo, that a ‘man of God’ might actually tell the truth about one thing – when it pleased him to be able to do so. No need to crow.

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    We might assume, Leo, that a ‘man of God’ might actually tell the truth about one thing – when it pleased him to be able to do so. No need to crow.

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