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Lebanese PM Threatening to Quit


Lebanese Prime Minister designate Najib Mikati, (File).
Lebanese Prime Minister designate Najib Mikati, (File).

Lebanon's prime minister is threatening to step down over a growing rift with the country's Hezbollah-dominated Cabinet.

Najib Mikati told Lebanon's LBC television late Thursday that he will quit if the Cabinet fails to pay for a U.N. backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri . Mikati said his resignation would help protect Lebanon, which could face new sanctions but it could also plunge Lebanon into a political crisis.

Hariri and 22 others were killed by a truck bomb in attack in Lebanon's capital, Beirut.

The Hague-based court has issued arrest warrants for four Hezbollah operatives in connection with the killing but so far none of them have been apprehended.

The Lebanese-based Hezbollah militant group has denied involvement in the slaying.

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

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