File - Lebanese youths demonstrate against Syrian presence in Lebanon in Martyrs Square, Beirut, Monday March 14, 2005. (The Daily Star)
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One of its immediate effects materialized exactly four weeks later, when hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from different sects and political groups flocked to Downtown Beirut to demand the truth behind the assassination and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. It was the founding gathering of the March 14 coalition. Comprising approximately 300 party officials and independent March 14 figures, the National Council (NC) will be run by an openly elected body.Lacking any executive authority, the NC will be a consultative body and meet every two or three months to make recommendations.According to university professor Sami Nader, the NC won't be able to make significant changes, as it will lack any decision-making power.Nader said that while the March 14 coalition has argued that the NC would re-emphasize the multi-sectarian nature of their movement, its constituent parties are currently engaged in dialogues of a sectarian nature.
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