Lebanon cabinet sends Hariri tribunal plan to parliament James M Yoch Jr at 3:05 PM ET
[JURIST] The Lebanese cabinet Tuesday sent the country's National Assembly a draft plan to establish a UN-supported international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] in February 2005. The cabinet approved the draft [JURIST report] late last month despite resignations by all six of its pro-Syrian members. On Saturday, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official website] formally refused to endorse the plan [JURIST report], calling on the cabinet to take up the proposal again "when there is a legitimate and constitutional government." Under the Lebanese constitution [text] parliament can receive draft measures even if they have not already obtained presidential approval. Pro-Syrian parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri has suggested, however, that that body will not be convened until the ongoing crisis in the country has abated. AFP has more.
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