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Boost to coalition as Siniora remains Lebanon PM


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Boost to coalition as Siniora remains Lebanon PM

Fouad Siniora is set to continue as Lebanese Prime Minister after an agreement among his allies in parliament.

It is the latest step in a political peace process that has brought Hizbollah back into the government. Siniora will head an administration in which the Shi’ite group has veto power.

Lebanon’s new president, Michel Suleiman, will confirm the pro-US leader’s apppointment as premier after a parliamentary session today.

A calm has now returned to Lebanon after an
18-month stand-off between the ruling
alliance and Hizbollah, which erupted into deadly street battles earlier this month.

The warring factions resolved their conflict with an agreement in Doha, though analysts say underlying problems remain.

Siniora has been prime minister since 2005 and had long been the target of the Syrian-backed opposition’s campaign to force him to resign.

His re-appointment is a boost to the ruling coalition, which was seen to have given ground to Hizbollah in the recent deal.

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