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Lebanon Govt. Wins Confidence Vote

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TEHRAN, July 7 (ICANA) – Lebanese lawmakers have given their vote of confidence to the newly-appointed government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Thursday, July 07, 2011 9:55:04 PM
Lebanon Govt. Wins Confidence Vote

Thursday -- the third and final day of a related parliamentary discussion -- saw 68 out of 128 MPs endorsing the policy statement adopted by Mikati's government.

Mikati's government, in which the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah and its Muslim and Christian allies have the majority of the seats, was formed in June.

The parliament's confidence vote enables the government to carry out its mandate.

Ahead of the voting process, the prime minister addressed the lawmakers, vowing to preserve stability and security in Lebanon and asserting that his government is committed to national unity.

A sticking point in the preceding talks was the government's determined stance on a United States-backed UN court, which recently ruled on the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri.

The pro-Western Future Television owned by the Future Movement of the victim's son Sa'ad Hariri has said the court's indictment has named four Hezbollah members.

The Hezbollah movement and its allies view the tribunal as a joint US-Israeli plot.

Mikati has also insisted that “indictments, regardless of their source, are not conclusive and that any accusations need solid evidence that cannot be doubted.”

The March 14 parliamentary coalition also led by Hariri has, however, argued that the government's policy statement lacks a commitment to the court.

The alliance had vowed to vote against the government and walked out of the session en masse just before the start of Thursday's voting process.

Lebanon's Maronite Church had urged the parliamentarians to vote for the government.

It had said that the indictment came at a time when the cabinet was working to finalize a draft of its policy statement, and that it sought to sow discord among the Lebanese political ranks.

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