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The Republic of Splintered Cedars Part II: Why Saad Said He Is Sad and Meet Miqati

Hassan Nasrallah & Najib MikatiMuslims in the Middle East can’t win for trying. Former Lebanese prime minister, Najib Miqati, after being the candidate of Syrian/Iranian proxy, Hezbollah’s choice, will undertake the daunting task of reforming the Republic of Splintered Cedars. With the forces of terror on his side he should succeed.

Senor Miqati, the billionaire businessman, won 68 seats in Lebanon’s 128-member Parliament – against Saad Hariri’s 60.
Miqati, and his wife, May, have three children. Born in 1955, Mikati was educated at the American University of Beirut, at INSEAD, and at Harvard University.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan & Najib MiqatiHere’s a bit from his bio:

“He is the co-founder of M1 Group, a multi-billion dollar privately-owned financial and industrial conglomerate with interests in telecom, asset management, luxury retail trade, real estate, transport, as well as oil and gas…
Before entering politics, he co-founded INVESTCOM, a leading telecom family business which pioneered telephony in emerging markets and was later merged into MTN after its shares were listed on both the London and Dubai stock exchanges, in what was the largest international listing of a Middle Eastern company.”

Moderate protesters, supporters of Hariri demonstrated in the streets, burning tires and clashing with police.

Said Saad:

“I understand the shouts of anger that have come out of your chests…But it is not right that this anger leads us to what is against our values and upbringing and our belief that democracy is our only resort and the only way we express our political stance. … Raise the Lebanese flag high above your head and know that I will always be with you…”

Officials of Hezbollah – who have rearmed since the 2006 Jewish offensive with more than 40,000 far-reaching rockets stockpiled – are waiting to be named in the indictments, by a United Nations-backed tribunal, on the assassination of Rafik Hariri.

According to our friends at al-Jazeera:

“Nasrallah has accused the Netherlands-based tribunal of being under US-Israeli control…Nasrallah has also said he expects the tribunal will implicate Hezbollah members and warned of grave repercussions.”

We will wait and see just what Nasrallah intended by “grave repercussions.”

Lebanon’s Pro-Western Coalition Wins Parliamentary Elections

Lebanon’s pro-western political parties appear to have maintained their holding on to power following that country’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. In what turned out to be a closely contested race between the pro-westerners, head by Saad Hariri‘s Future Movement party and that headed by Hezbollah and it’s allies, Hariri’s coalition received 68 seats in parliament, while the Hezbollah let coalition won 58. While there was reason for celebration by prime minister Fuad Siniora, The Hezbollah faction and their allies (including former army chief Michel Aoun) still have enough seats in parliament to maintain their veto power, which they have often used affectively.

Lebanon Elections 2009Hariri, the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, appeared satisfied with his side’s performance although it was a bit less than hoped for. More then 52% of eligible Lebanese exercised their voting rights, in a remarkably calm election that was supervised by a number of international observers, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.

Israeli officials also appeared pleased with the outcome, although there was no doubt that the Hizbullah led faction still has great influence in what goes on in Lebanon, from both a political and military angle. Political strategists who followed the election and pre-election campaign, say that high Christian voter turn-out was a decisive factor this time. Lebanese politics have been divided up among sectarian lines since the country’s independence, and the Lebanese parliament’s 128 seats are evenly composed of Christian and Muslims, even though Muslims now outnumber Christians by 65% to 35%. Many Sunni Muslims also voted in favor of the pro-western side, especially due to Hezbollah’s “street party” a year ago in which they literally controlled the streets of Beirut for a while, resulting in their winning the veto rights in parliament.

Christians were also warned by party leaders that the Hezbollah, led by Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, would lead their country towards more control by the Hezbollah, who are Shiite Muslims and virtual proxies of Iran.

The U.S. Government has also warned beforehand that their country would give less aid to Lebanon (now at $ 1 billion a year) if the Hizbullah side won.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, a Maronite Christian, expressed the hope that a national unity government could now be formed. If this should happen, however, who would gain the most from it – the Hariri led side, or the Shiekh’s?

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