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Return to Lebanon

Rabiya Parekh | 14:34 UK time, Wednesday, 22 November 2006

A woman carrying the picture of assisinated Minister, Pierre Gemayel

According to London's Independent Newspaper, "civil war" are the words on the lips of everyone in Lebanon following the assasination of Lebanese Maronite Christian politician, Pierre Gemayel.

Is another civil war now inevitable?

As large crowds turned out on to the streets of Mr Gemayel's home village of Bikfaya for his funeral tomorrow, Lebanon has started it's three days of mourning.

On today's show we want to return to Lebanon, and find out how people are viewing his death in the wider political climate.

Correspondents say Mr Gemayals assasination comes at a time of deep political crisis in Lebanon. Just last week, Lebanon's cabinet endorsed plans to set up an international tribunal to try those suspected of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri last year.

Mr Geymayel was among the members of the cabinet to have voted for the plan. However, six pro-Syrian ministers resigned in protest to it, throwing Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's Government in to trouble.

Syria was accused of being behind the crime - something it denies

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