Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hezbollah leads the newly formed Lebanese government

After five months of arduous negotiations, Lebanon has set Monday, June 13 a new government. Hezbollah and its allies, including the Christian Michel Aoun, have carved out the lion's share portfolios with nineteen out of thirty, with the remainder split between supporters of the Head of State, Michel Suleiman, the new Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, considered "neutral." Hassan Nasrallah's party gets two posts.

According to a statement of the Lebanese presidency, the head of state of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad, who faces a challenge against his regime unprecedented immediately congratulated Lebanon, where the old power of guardianship continue to exert its influence, especially through Hezbollah.

The new firm is boycotted by the camp of former Prime Minister, the pro-Western Saad Hariri, now in the minority in parliament and the opposition. "Whether you are in power or in opposition, it is your government at all (...). This government will be that all of Lebanon and work for all Lebanese," said Najib Mikati, a message unit.

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