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Lebanon's Parliamentary Majority Leader Criticizes Syria, Iran


The leader of Lebanon's parliamentary majority has accused Syria and Iran of seeking to impose a political and terrorist presence in Lebanon.

Saad al-Hariri made his remarks in a speech Thursday to party members and supporters.

He also called on supporters to attend a rally next week marking the third anniversary of the assassination of his father, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was killed in a car bombing in Beirut on February 14, 2005.

Several other anti-Syrian political figures in Lebanon have since been assassinated, but Syria has denied involvement in the killings.

Lebanon is facing a crisis as the country's political factions struggle to resolve their differences and elect a new president.

The parliamentary vote for a new president has been postponed 13 times and is now scheduled for Monday. Lebanon has been without a president since November 23, when the term of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud expired.

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

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