Lebanon PM accuses opposition of obstructing army chief for president

December 4, 2007 18:00


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A leading member of Lebanon's anti-Syrian parliament majority accused the Hizbullah-led opposition on Tuesday of putting up new obstacles that could hinder the election of army chief for president. The charge comes just days ahead of a parliament session due Friday to approve Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman for the country's top post. Suleiman is a compromise candidate Lebanon's rival factions managed to agree on, after months of haggling and plunging the country into a political vacuum. Marwan Hamadeh, the minister of telecommunications, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the obstacles "mainly" come from Gen. Michel Aoun, a Christian opposition leader who until recently himself was a presidential hopeful but later backed the army chief.

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