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Lebanese Court Lifts Warrant Against Aoun


A Lebanese court has quashed a two-year-old arrest warrant for anti-Syrian politician Michel Aoun, two days before his expected homecoming after 15 years of exile in France.

Beirut's pro-Syrian government issued the 2003 warrant after Mr. Aoun asked the U.S. Congress to sanction Syria for its continued military presence in his country.

Wednesday, another court dismissed criminal charges brought in 1990 against the former army general. That court said Mr. Aoun was protected by a general amnesty issued in 1991, shortly after the end of Lebanon's 15-year civil war.

Meanwhile, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has issued a decree stating that May 29 elections will be held on time. The polls will be governed by a 2000 elections law, because the pro-Syrian parliament failed to debate a new law seen as more favorable to opposition candidates.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AP.

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