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Lebanon's Kataeb Party says its three MPs resigning from parliament

Reuters , Saturday 8 Aug 2020
Lawmaker Sami Gemayel, son of former President Amin Gemayel, left, political candidate Nadim Gemayel, son of Bashir Gemayel, center, carry the coffin of the Kataeb Party's Secretary-General Nazar Najarian, who was killed by Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP)
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Lebanon's Kataeb Party, a Christian group which opposes the government backed by the Iran-backed Hezbollah, announced on Saturday the resignation of its three lawmakers from parliament.

The decision was announced by party chief Samy Gemayel during the funeral of a leading member of the group who died in the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut on Tuesday, which destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital.

"The Kataeb MPs have decided... to move to confrontation for the sake of a free, sovereign, independent Lebanon," he said. "I invite all honourable (lawmakers) to resign so that the people can decide who will govern them, without anybody imposing anything to them."

Hezbollah, the only group which has kept its weapons since Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, and its allies hold a majority in the current 128-seat parliament, elected in 2018.

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