On February 6, 2007, the UN signed an agreement to create an international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. President Emile Lahoud opposed the agreement, arguing that it violated the Lebanese constitution by "sidestepp[ing] reality and the rules of the constitution, conventions and national unity." The Lebanese cabinet had approved a draft plan for the tribunal, but opposition factions said the draft plan lacked legitimacy because all six opposition cabinet members resigned prior to the vote.
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