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The Cabinet early Saturday approved a compromise formula over the controversial resistance clause in its policy statement, in a move that averted an open-ended government crisis and cleared the way for a vote of confidence in Parliament.The amended version was apparently aimed to appease March 14 ministers who have long insisted that any resistance against Israel should be placed under state authority.The compromise clearly sought to satisfy both the March 14 coalition by stressing the role of the state in liberation and Hezbollah and its March 8 allies by affirming the right of Lebanese citizens to resistance.But the three ministers representing the Kataeb Party in the Cabinet as well as Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi from the Future Movement voiced reservations over the amended version concerning the resistance clause. March 8 and March 14 ministers disagree on how to incorporate the resistance into the policy statement.
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