Saniora refuses Hizbullah resignation (HERB KEINON and AP, Nov. 11, 2006, THE JERUSALEM POST)

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora refused to accept the resignation of Hizbullah and Amal ministers on Saturday, hours after the five Shi’ite members quit in protest.

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Saniora “rejects the resignation of the colleagues representing Hizbullah even if he receives the formal written resignations,” his office said in a statement. […]

The government has lost the support of Shi’ites, the country’s largest sect, making it difficult for Saniora to govern. At least nine ministers would need to resign for the government to fall.

There is no reason that the Shi’a should participate in a government that systematically limits the power they’d have in an open democracy. This is an ideal moment to divide the country into its constituent parts as the era of Shi’a liberation gathers steam.

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