This TV grab shows former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri speaking during an interview, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/TV grab)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri ruled out Monday any political party wielding veto power in the future Cabinet which he said needed to be short-term to oversee this year's presidential election.Hariri's nascent Cabinet came to an end in early 2011 after ministers in the March 8 alliance resigned over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a U.N.-backed probing the assassination of Hariri's father in Beirut years earlier.Hariri, who has been out of the country for three years due to security concerns, said his participation in the government would not alter his opposition to Hezbollah's military involvement in Syria or the group's arsenal.Hariri also ruled out keeping in the government's policy statement Hezbollah's "Army, people and resistance," an equation adopted by previous governments seen as providing political legitimacy to the Lebanese resistance group. Hariri said Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's government would oversee the presidential election which he said should be held on time.Hariri blamed Hezbollah for the series of bombings in the country that have killed dozens of people including former Minister Mohammad Shatah, saying the threat of takfiris was manufactured by President Bashar Assad.
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