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Hezbollah candidate to form new Lebanese government


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/hezbollah_candidate_to_form_new_lebanese_government_20110125

The choice of Hezbollah's candidate for prime minister has led to protests in Lebanon. Najib Miqati, a billionaire and former prime minister, will set about forming a government after being chosen by Hezbollah and its allies, reportedly backed by Iran and Syria. Miqati won 68 seats in Lebanon’s 128-member Parliament. He succeeds Saad Hariri, whose government was backed by the United States and France. Hariri's father, Rafik, was assassinated in 2005 while holding the same position. Saad Hariri was removed as prime minister after Hezbollah and its allies withdrew from his government. He said he will lead the opposition against the new government.

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