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Another anti-Syrian Lebanese Christian leader assassinated

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 19, 2007 12:35 PM

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Wire report:

A bomb rocked a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital Wednesday, killing an anti-Syrian lawmaker and six other people, security officials said.

Antoine Ghanem is the eighth prominent anti-Syrian figure assassinated since 2005.

Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party, was targeted by the bomb, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Voice of Lebanon radio station, which is owned by the Phalange party, confirmed Ghanem’s death. The identities of the others killed were not immediately known.

The attack came six days before parliament was scheduled to meet to elect a new president in a vote expected to be deeply divisive.

Three of the slain lawmakers have been from the U.S.-backed majority coalition, reducing its margin in parliament.

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