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Suleiman hails army, calls for new cabinet

BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Suleiman commended the army’s accomplishments and called for the formation of a new cabinet.

“I hope the politicians are aware of the dangerous situation and what is being plotted for Lebanon, so that they rush to form a new cabinet…” Suleiman said during a security meeting held at the Baabda presidential palace.

Suleiman also hailed the army’s arrest of an Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander and the dismantling of two car bombs in Beirut and the Beqaa.

The Lebanese Armed Forces arrested Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas following a period of intense surveillance.
 
Under interrogation Abbas admitted to the existence of a Toyota RAV-4 rigged with explosives parked in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jedided, and revealed the existence of other rigged cars, now being investigated by security forces.

Shortly after Abbas’ arrest and the dismantling of the Tariq al-Jedideh bomb, the army dismantled another car bomb in the Beqaa town of Arsal. The driver and two other passengers in the silver Kia were women, a military source told NOW.

Meanwhile, efforts to form a new government reached an impasse last week when the FPM rejected a proposed rotation of ministerial portfolios that would see the party lose control of the Energy Ministry, which is currently under the stewardship of Gebran Bassil.

I hope the politicians are aware of the dangerous situation and what is being plotted for Lebanon.