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Arab League Chief: Lebanon's Pro-Syrian President Should Serve Out Term


The head of the Arab League says Lebanon's pro-Syrian president, Emile Lahoud, should serve out his term, despite some calls for his resignation.

Amr Moussa spoke Wednesday in Lebanon after meeting with Mr. Lahoud, whose term ends in November 2007. Lebanon has an anti-Syrian majority in parliament.

Moussa traveled to Lebanon Tuesday for his second visit in a week to mediate between rival factions. He has met with Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, and is to hold meetings in Damascus Thursday.

Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies left the Cabinet in November, demanding a unity government and more power.

Supporters of Hezbollah have been camping out in downtown Beirut, calling for Mr. Siniora's resignation.

In Washington Wednesday, President Bush expressed support for Mr. Siniora's government, and called for Syria to "leave a democratic Lebanon alone."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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