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Lebanese officials agree deal to save govt

Lebanese politicians have agreed a deal to prevent the collapse of Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government over the funding of a UN-backed court investigating the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri, a Lebanese official said on Wednesday.

November 30, 2011 12:05 by

“An agreement has been reached for funding the court without having to put the matter to the cabinet or parliament,” the official said, declining to be named. He said the funding obligation of over $30 million would be paid through a separate mechanism.

Mikati came to power in January with backing from the powerful political and militant movement Hezbollah, which opposes funding the court. Last week, he threatened to resign if he could not reach a deal on funding the court. (Reporting by Laila Bassam; editing by David Stamp)

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