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"Finally Najib Mikati has formed his 'government of wanted men'," writes Ali Hamade in an AN NAHAR editorial published Thursday. The Lebanese government formed on Monday deserves such a name, he claims, because its two "guiding lights" - the Syrian regime and Hizbullah - "have been and will be wanted for justice."

"The ministers of this government of Hizbullah and the Syrian regime will leave sooner or later along with those who brought it in," concludes Hamade - regardless of whether the Sunnis have seven or thirty ministers in the government.

The new cabinet contains seven Sunni ministers and five Shiite, instead of the usual six each, following a concession by Parliament speaker and Amal MP Nabih Berri. 16 of the Cabinet's 30 members are part of the pro-Syrian March 8 alliance, of which Hizbullah is a prominent member.

In Syria pictures of repression, of bullets and tank shells and helicopters aimed at innocent, defenceless civilians, of the traces of torture on the bodies of children, are increasing the isolation of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Arab world and internationally, argues Hamade in the influential Beirut daily AN NAHAR, widely considered to be anti-Syrian.

Soon Syria will be pursued not only by European Union and U.S. sanctions, but also by arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court, Hamade said.

"The other guiding light of Mikati's government is Hizbullah, an organization pursued in most areas of the world, not least in most Arab states," writes Hamade. This "guiding light" will be in the foreground when the tribunal investigating the assassination of Rafik Hariri makes public the content of its indictments, the writer continues.

These two, then - the regime in Syria and Hizbullah - are the "guiding political and moral lights of Najib Mikati's government," according to Hamade. In this claim the writer subscribes to the view of the western-backed March 14 alliance that Damascus played a key role in the formation of this government, although this was emphatically denied on Wednesday by President Michel Suleiman during the new Cabinet's first meeting.
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Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Jun 17, 2011
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