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Hariri seeks new mandate as Lebanese premier

Arab World Materials 20 January 2011 22:18
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday said he was ready to stand as Lebanon's next premier despite strong opposition by the Shiite movement Hezbollah, dpa reported.
Hariri seeks new mandate as Lebanese premier

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday said he was ready to stand as Lebanon's next premier despite strong opposition by the Shiite movement Hezbollah, dpa reported.

"Me and my bloc will commit to my candidacy as prime minister," Hariri said in a televised speech.

"The most important thing is that the parties should adhere to the constitution" and not take to the street actions, he said in response to Hezbollah threats that its militants may turn to possibly violent street actions if Hariri is confirmed as premier.

Hariri's national unity govenrment collapsed last week after Hezbollah and their allies withdrew from the cabinet to protest against Hariri's reluctance to cut ties with a UN tribunal that is probing the death of his father, former premier Rafik Hariri.

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