Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said Thursday ties with his sworn rivals Hezbollah were crucial to maintaining stability and preventing sectarian strife in Lebanon.Rifi, one of Hezbollah's most vocal critics, is not afraid to admit that when it comes to Hezbollah and Future Movement ties he works as the go-between.Rifi who is working on an overhaul plan for the Justice Ministry, said his ministry would do its utmost to apprehend the five Hezbollah operatives who the STL accuses of complicity in the Hariri assassination.Rifi argued that Hezbollah were his rivals, not his enemies. As for the reasons behind several prominent Tripoli militia leaders handing themselves in to the Army Thursday, Rifi said it was due to the "fair and merciful" treatment all those who previously turned themselves in had received.Geagea, according to Rifi, has all that it takes to lead.
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