Lebanon vows election despite bombing

Sept. 20, 2007 at 11:13 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday scheduled parliamentary elections will take place next week despite a bomb attack on a lawmaker.

Berri told the An-Nahar newspaper the vote would not be derailed by terrorists, Alalam Satellite TV reported.

"I am going to the session on Tuesday because we don't want the criminals' goals to be met,'' Berri said.

Once a deal between the governing coalition and opposition is reached, parliament will vote for a new president to replace Emile Lahoud, whose term ends Nov. 23.

Wednesday, a bomb exploded in Beirut, killing 64-year-old Antoine Ghanem of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party and four other people. He had only returned to Lebanon from refuge three days earlier.

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has asked the United Nations to help investigate Ghanem's slaying.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday, which the government declared a day of mourning, the report said.

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