BEIRUT: Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan demanded Monday that the investigation concerning the recent gunfight in Aley be referred to the judicial Council, the latest in the tug and pull between his group and the Progressive Socialist Party.
During a news conference held at his residency, Arslan reiterated his "sole demand," which would pave the way for the Cabinet to reconvene a month after the deadly confrontation.
"We didn't invent the Judicial Council. It's the logical recourse when a minister is subjected to an armed ambush," Arslan said during the conference alongside Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh Gharib.
On June 30, Gharib's entourage was involved in an altercation with supporters of the PSP, which resulted in the deaths of two of his bodyguards while a third individual was also injured.
Both Arslan and Gharib have previously described the incident as an ambush and assassination attempt.
The Military Tribunal is currently reviewing the case, although the Cabinet can vote to refer it to the Judicial Council, the highest court tasked with reviewing sensitive matters.
His demand has been backed by his allies, the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah, while the PSP, along with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker Nabih Berri, and the Lebanese Forces have vehemently objected.
Arslan also called for a new security plan in the Mount Lebanon region during the news conference.
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