Washington calls for the formation of a new government in Lebanon

Posted on October 24, 2012


GMT 21:00 2012 Tuesday October 23
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Washington: Foreign Ministry called the U.S. Tuesday to form a new coalition government in Lebanon, which is witnessing a political crisis after the assassination of President of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces in the October 19 .

The ministry spokeswoman Victoria Nuland “support the efforts undertaken by President (Michel) Suleiman and leaders of other officials in Lebanon to form an effective government and to take necessary measures after the terrorist attack on October 19.”

In response to a question to see whether the United States supports a change of government in Lebanon, Noland replied that “President Suleiman began talks with all parties to form a new government and we support this process.”

She added that Washington does not want to get “political vacuum” in Lebanon.

The comments came after those stated by the Secretary of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed Tuesday in Beirut concern about stability in Lebanon.

Come and visit and Europe in the wake of Secretary of State confirm the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Lebanon support for the stability and continuity of government work, and so on after their meeting Monday, the President of the Republic.

These positions come with the Lebanese opposition’s demand for the resignation of the government headed by Najib Mikati, after being accused of “cover” the assassination of President of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces, Brigadier Sam Hassan bombing targeted his car in Ashrafieh in east Beirut on Friday. The opposition also accused the anti-Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of being behind the assassination.

And witnessed different Lebanese regions since Friday protests against the killing of Hassan, included clashes between the army and gunmen in a Sunni neighborhood in West Beirut, and between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli (North) led to the deaths of seven people.

Hassan was the most prominent Sunni security officers, and close to Saad Hariri, the former prime minister opposed to Syria. And turning his funeral Sunday in downtown Beirut, a popular demonstration demanding the fall of the government, which includes the majority of Hezbollah and his close allies of Damascus. The demonstration ended trying demonstrators stormed the government house. And on the impact of a number of staff of the opposition appeal to their supporters to withdraw from the streets.

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