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Wednesday, May 18, 2005 

Opposition says 'no' to warlord Aoun

The two opposition leaders set to sweep the polls at this month's parliamentary elections have rejected Michel Aoun's pleas for co-operation.

The power-hungry warlord has been turned down by Saad Al-Hariri (who has already won half of Beirut) and Walid Jumblatt.

Aoun visited his arch foe and Lebanese warlord Samir Jaja in a desperate attempt at making a pact through Jaja's prison bars today. He tried to get on the Jaja-Jumblatt ticket, but Jaja said no. The last time these two men fought to get power they managed to slaughter thousands of Lebanese civilians between them.

Aoun the liberator has now dismissed the anti-Syrian opposition as not even exisiting. They are not reformers, just opportunists he says. Well, he'd know about opportunism on the day of his friendly visit to Jaja's cell.

He has condemned all of Lebanese policians as being traditionalists because they wont work with him. I am the only reformer, he has claimed.

Experts expect him to win five or six seats in the 128 seat parliament, although he likes to think he has the support of up to half of Lebanon. He was planning to nominate 40 members of his party for election, but after facing rejections from all other parties, he'll just put a handful up for election.

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