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Lebanon's speaker sounds alarm over threats, power vacuum

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads the weekly meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)

BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday sounded the alarm over the growing threats posed by extremist militants as well as the power vacuum gripping Lebanon.

"The alarm [must be] sounded due to the institutional vacuum and the threats facing the country," Berri told lawmakers.

He spoke of the need to "stand against this terrorist onslaught targeting Lebanon and its diversity.”

Berri, according to the lawmakers who attended the weekly Wednesday meeting, has always condemned terror attacks against Christians, adding that the speaker was the first to sign a document that affirms the Christian presence in the Middle East.

The speaker urged MPs not to continue to disrupt Parliament’s work “because this would disrupt the country.”

Berri also reiterated his rejection to the extension of Parliament’s term, saying this would be tantamount to “extending the power vacuum.”





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