Pierre Gemayel, a member of the Lebanese government (whose pro-Syrian and Hezobllah members have been exiting), a Christian and son of former President Amin Gemayel, has been assassinated in Beirut. Mr Gemayel was an opponent of Syrian influence over Lebanese affairs. His assassination comes a few days after Fouad Siniora's severely depleted government approved the draft UN statutes for a tribunal to try the killers of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Pierre Gemayel's uncle, Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in 1982.
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