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Moussa to pitch Arab League plan in Beirut

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will arrive in Beirut on Wednesday to try to push Lebanon’s rival political leaders to accept the Arab foreign ministers’ plan aimed at ending the country’s constitutional crisis, electing a president and forming a new government. Parliamentary majority leader MP Saad Hariri met Tuesday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy over lunch in a Paris hotel, during which Sarkozy reaffirmed France’s commitment to stand by Lebanon in support of the Arab plan. Hariri, speaking to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) Tuesday, said if Syria does not move ahead with the Arab plan, which its Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem accepted, “it would have affirmed that its candidate for president in Lebanon is a vacancy in the presidency.” Hariri rejected the idea of equal shares of Cabinet posts going to the his coalition, the opposition and the new president, a 10+10+10 distribution of Cabinet posts, calling it “unrealistic.” Full Story

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