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        10/31/2011, Cheshvan 3, 5772

      Jumblat: Keep Hizbullah Armed


      Walid Jumblatt, who leads Lebanon's Progressive Socialist party, said, Sunday, that the Hizbullah terror group must remain armed in order to defend the country against its enemies. Speaking at his party's general assembly, he said national dialogue was the only way to deal with issues of national defense, including Hizbullah's weapons.

      Jumblatt said funding the United Nations' special tribunal, dealing with the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Al-Hariri, was essential for Lebanese stability. Hizbullah, whose members have been cited by the tribunal for involvement in the murder, opposes Lebanon paying its more than $30 million share. Jumblatt said his election as party leader marks his last term, and called for the party to hold its next elections in a year.