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Lebanon Gives Hezbollah ‘Veto Power’

From the Agence France-Pressee:

Lebanon announces unity cabinet to end political crisis

BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon announced a 30-member national unity government on Friday tasked with resolving the country’s worst political crisis since a 1975-1990 civil war.

The lineup was announced in a decree signed by President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, seven weeks after an accord which saved Lebanon from the brink of renewed civil war.

The accord between Lebanon’s political rivals sealed in Doha on May 21 allocated 16 cabinet seats to the Western-backed parliamentary majority and 11 to the opposition led by Hezbollah, giving it veto powers.

"The government of national unity is the government of all the Lebanese," Siniora told reporters at the presidential palace.

The opposition took the coveted posts of foreign minister, telecommunications minister and deputy premier in the new cabinet, while the ruling bloc kept the finance ministry…

Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun, whose party was not represented in the previous cabinet, took four cabinet posts plus the deputy premiership.

The Iranian- and Syrian-backed Shiite militant group Hezbollah was allocated three seats in the cabinet, with Mohammed Fneish of Hezbollah to serve as labour minister alongside two allies.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also welcomed the development, saying in Tehran he hoped it would result in the strengthening of national unity among Lebanese and bring internal stability to their country

Of course the lesson is that any country made up of Christians and Muslims will eventually be taken over by the Muslims.

Goodbye Lebanon, the erstwhile garden spot of the Middle East.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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