Nabih Berri [official profile], the pro-Syrian speaker of the Lebanese Parliament [Wikipedia backgrounder] opposes the UN agreement, which may create a barrier to its ratification since pro-Syrian Hezbollah militants [BBC backgrounder] have been staging demonstrations to increase their power in the Lebanese government. Saniora, an anti-Syrian, has so far refused to step down, but if the pro-Syrian movement takes control of the cabinet it will have veto power over government decisions including the proposed tribunal. Last November, the Lebanese cabinet approved a draft plan [JURIST report] for the tribunal despite the former resignation of all six pro-Syrian members. AP has more.
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