Lebanon: Who's next?
Following the assassination of Lebanese MP Gebran Tueni, other anti-Syrian Lebanese figures, including prominent Druze leader, Walid Jumblat and Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh are among six men on what a Lebanese publication Al Balad said was a new "hit-list."
Jumblat, leader of the leftist Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) which was founded by his father, Kamel Jumblat, had originally allied with Damascus but later became one of the most outspoken opponents of Syria's control over Lebanon.
Jumblat's father was assassinated in 1977 for his anti-Syrian views.
Another on the so-called "hit-list" is Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh, a member of Jumblat's PSP party who is also known for his anti-Syrian stance. An assassination attempt was made on him in 2004 which he narrowly escaped. His driver however was killed in the attack.
Other alleged targets are deputies Wael Abu Faour, also a member of the PSP, and Samir Franjieh, a prominent Christian opposition leader with close ties to Lebanon's Muslim community.
Founder of the Movement for a Democratic Left (MDL), Maronite Christian Elias Atallah, who called in the past for the restoration of Lebanese sovereignty and a reevaluation of ties with Syria, is also on the list.
So too, Farid Makari, a Greek Orthodox politician from Anfeh who was re-elected to Lebanese parliament in June.
All the six people named belong to the anti-Syrian majority in parliament which swept the polls in the May-June elections.
© 2005 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)
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