Lebanon’s attempts to forge a national unity government have been plunged into crisis by the resignation of five ministers. The group from Hezbollah and its ally, Amal movement, are the only Shi’ite members in the Western backed administration of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Their resignation follows a fourth round of talks to end a stalemate over the set up of a national unity cabinet. The Iranian and Syrian-backed Hizbollah guerrilla group has threatened to spark protests that “could bring down the government” if it is not given more say. In a sign of worsening tensions, no date has been set for another round of discussions.