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Hezbollah condemned for gov’t collapse

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Hezbollah is presenting a false choice to the people of Lebanon by creating political turmoil in the midst of an assassination investigation, Washington said.

Hezbollah and members of the Lebanese opposition movement resigned their ministerial positions Wednesday, leading to the collapse of the unity government. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman asked caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to stay on during the crisis.

Hezbollah was protesting the government’s decision to honor the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the current prime minister’s father.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague described the political crisis as “an extremely serious development” and urged all sides to come together to find a peaceful resolution.

“I condemn the continuing attempts to undermine the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which must be allowed to carry out its work without hindrance or impediment,” he said in a statement.

Hariri was visiting in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama as Hezbollah lead the opposition walkout Wednesday.

P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Washington was “disappointed” by the development and said the work of the tribunal should go forward.

“Hezbollah is presenting a false choice for Lebanon of justice or stability,” he added during his regular press briefing. “We think that Lebanon deserves both.”

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Written by Theophyle

January 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

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