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UK must justify Hezbollah ban expansion, opposition Labour Party says

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
Britain's opposition Labor Party said on Tuesday that interior minister Sajid Javid had to provide evidence to justify his decision to widen a ban on the Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah.

Britain said on Monday it plans to ban all wings of Hezbollah due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East, classing the movement as a terrorist organization.

"The Home Secretary must therefore now demonstrate that this decision was taken in an objective and impartial way, and driven by clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions," a Labor spokesman said.

Asked about the comments, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said it was for Labor to explain their decision.

"Hezbollah itself has publicly denied a distinction between its military and political wings. The group in its entirety is assessed to be concerned in terrorism," he added.

"The links between the senior leaders of Hezbollah’s political and military wings as well as the group's destabilizing role in the region mean that the distinction between the two wings is now untenable."
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