Lebanese political dialogue resumes
Rival Lebanese political leaders resumed roundtable talks Monday to discuss possible government changes. All 13 "first-rank" politicians attended the dialogue at parliament house in downtown Beirut amid tight security, except for Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for "safety reasons."
Nasrallah was represented by cabinet minister Mohammed Fneish as well as parliament members Mohammed Raad and Hussein Hajj Hassan.
The Beirut-based daily An-Nahar said Monday a consensus has been reached to include General Michel Aoun's bloc in the 24-member cabinet of Premier Fouad Saniora.
However, Hizbullah wants to comprise one-third of the cabinet. A two-thirds vote in the abinet is needed to pass decisions that are not made by consensus, the newspaper mentioned.
An-Nahar said the so-called "one-third" issue remains an "explosive topic" in Monday's consultation session.
On the other hand, the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition has rejected the idea of a national unity government before winning a pledge for the ouster of Syrian protégé President Emile Lahoud.